Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak at GOP convention

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak at GOP convention

BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) – The longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix has snagged a coveted speaking spot on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he’s scheduled to speak before Donald Trump takes the stage.

Arpaio was a late addition to the convention schedule. Arizona Republican Party chairman Robert Graham confirmed Arpaio will speak at 8 p.m. EDT.

The six-term sheriff has been an enthusiastic Trump supporter for the past year and has regularly campaigned for the New York businessman.

A federal judge in Phoenix presiding over a racial profiling case handed down the first round of punishments Wednesday for the lawman’s decision to prolong signature immigration patrols after being told to stop. Arpaio has been found in civil contempt in the case.

 

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