Harper's Magazine reports from Phoenix, Arizona, on how Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, has violated human rights in a number of cases. The story details how inmates in the county's jails are forced "to wear pink underwear... and dig graves," while put on chain gangs. The report finds that "in a city where crime and development are growing together, Arpaio had the answers that the frightened people wanted to hear." The result: "Arpaio is treated not as a politician but as a rock star." The story details how an arrested paraplegic has been put in a restraint chair for six hours and, as a result, his right arm has withered, and his anus has become ulcerated. It describes how other arrested people have been tortured and killed while in jail. The report sheds light on lawsuits that "alleged that Arpaio created and nurtured a climate that encouraged the guards to abuse inmates," and describes his political activities.
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