PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) - After weeks of speculation, President Donald Trump has pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The White House announced the move on Friday, Aug. 25.
Trump's decision was met with condemnation from some and appreciation from others.
"This is an abuse of the presidential pardon and a full-throated endorsement of selected racial prosecution and bigotry" Rep. Grijalva said. "If you're wronged by law enforcement, this president doesn't have your back. Racist vigilantism has a champion in the White House. This sets a sad precedent that only further divides our nation."
Arpaio took to Twitter to thank President Trump for the decision.
"I am humbled and incredibly grateful to President Trump," he wrote. "I look forward to putting this chapter behind me and helping to Make America Great Again."
Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court last month, the culmination of a federal trial that was years in the making.
The judge found Arpaio disobeyed a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. The judge later found his officers were racially profiling Latinos.
[READ MORE: GUILTY: Judge rules in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal contempt case]
During his rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday night, Trump said he didn't want to pardon Arpaio because he didn't want "to cause any controversy."
Trump said he was found guilty of criminal contempt for "just doing his job."
He added, "I think he's going to be just fine."
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on President Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
Ann Kirkpatrick, candidate for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, released the following statement regarding President Trump's pardon of former Maricopa Country Sheriff, Joe Arpaio: