Former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio appeared at a GOP fundraiser in California on Friday, but not everyone was pleased the former sheriff was in town. Nathan Frandino reports.
"I believe that we will win." Protesters taking to the streets in Fresno, California, condemning the appearance of controversial former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio at a Republican fundraiser. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KATHLEEN MCKINLEY, PROTESTING ARPAIO VISIT, SAYING: "A convicted criminal, inviting him here to honor him as some sort of example to follow and I think it's a shameful that the Republicans have done this." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOSES MARTINEZ, PROTESTING ARPAIO VISIT, SAYING: "It's a slap in the face. They're bringing him on the southeast side where most of the Latinos and Redskins are at, I feel like it's a slap in the face to the people." (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDWARD LOPEZ, PROTESTING ARPAIO VISIT, SAYING: "They're disrespecting our heritage, our Mexican race." Inside, the polarizing former sheriff who was pardoned of his criminal contempt conviction in August by President Donald Trump, highlighted his favorite issues, including the Second Amendment, his support for Trump, and his commitment to investigating unfounded claims questioning former President Barack Obama's citizenship. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOE ARPAIO, FORMER MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF, SAYING: "Nobody looked at his birth certificate, except me! I'm the only law enforcement agency that looked into it." The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" lost his re-election bid last year after 24 years in office in Maricopa County. During that time he was also convicted of violating a 2011 injunction barring his officers from stopping and detaining Latino motorists solely on suspicion of their immigration status. Outside, there were no reports of violence or arrests, but the difference in opinions was clear. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACOB (LAST NAME UNKNOWN), TRUMP SUPPORTER, SAYING: "The president's authority to pardon is part of checks and balances between the legislative, executive and judicial branches." Arpaio has previously said his prosecution was politically motivated.