Sheriff Joe is a piece of work. I was employed by Maricopa County several years ago in a position to meet him, his right-hand man Henderson, and many others (including Jan Brewer and Joe Stapley).
Arpaio once had bobblehead dolls of himself made and he sat outside the court buildings autographing them. Somehow I neglected to pick one up. The write-up misses several of his other antics, including many of his lieutenants who were smuggling illegal aliens and drugs and his purchase of an anti-aircraft gun in the days after 9/11 (the flight path of planes taking off and landing has them pretty close to the county complex downtown). Oh, his people also choked a mentally disabled man to death and he installed a webcam at the jail's intake so you could watch the brutality live as it happened. I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire.
But the citizens of Maricopa County keep on electing him. Of course, they also keep electing criminals and idiots governor... Jan Brewer, Evan Mecham (impeached on obstruction of justice) and Fyfe Symington (convicted of bank fraud). And, of course, such fine Senators... McCain (who would qualify as a North Vietnamese ace for the number of aircraft he lost), John Kyl, and Jeff Flake.
It wasn't just the blast-furnace heat that caused me to leave.