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'America's Toughest Sheriff' Versus Latinos: 'Driving While Brown'

Gage Skidmore
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Joe Arpaio certainly had his admirers while serving as sheriff of Arizona's largest county. His housing of inmates in tents and provision of pink underwear struck a chord with tough-on-crime advocates.

But Arpaio's enforcement of Arizona's "show-me-your-papers" law provoked a huge backlash that ultimately ended both the sheriff's time in office and the law itself. Journalists Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block follow the pro and con sides in their book Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance.

Listen to how the battle on this issue helped reshape Arizona politics generally.

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