Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who apparently fancies himself judge, jury, and executioner, will be feeding 38 inmates bread and water as punishment for allegedly defacing the American flags, that are ordered by Arpaio to be included in their cells.
The controversial sheriff said Thursday, “These inmates have destroyed the American flag…Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel. It’s a disgrace … this is government property…we will take action against those who act this way.”
Arpaio who has been consistently under fire for his questionable actions including framing a man for terrorism to strengthen his election bid, has been mandating many strange requirements in his Maricopa County jail system, including what is played on the radio, the color of the underwear, etc. Every night, inmates listen to the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” before they go to sleep.
Arpaio’s tough, headline-grabbing punishments have earned him supporters and outraged critics. Just this month, the county announced that Arpaio’s racial and ethnic profiling policies will cost taxpayers $22 million. Arpaio has a long trail of controversies over his six term tenure.