SACRAMENTO August 25, 2017 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio:

“Former Sheriff and convicted criminal Joe Arpaio has shown America his true colors. He demonstrates an embarrassing contempt for the rule of law by hiding behind a disgraceful pardon to escape the punishment our laws prescribe for lawbreakers. Donald Trump shares in that disgrace and contempt through his exploitation of the pardoning powers of the presidency. These cowardly acts of abuse of power are not the lessons our children should learn.”