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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to reporters in Phoenix, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is out after two controversial decades: Here's what you need to know

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Updated August 29, 2017 10:42 AM EDT

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his re-election to Democrat Paul Penzone Tuesday, ending two controversial decades in office. 

Throughout his 23-year reign in office, voters stuck by Arpaio as he faced investigations for allegedly racially profiling Latinos and mistreating prisoners, among other things. 

But his political fate was much different in 2016, as he was facing criminal contempt of court charge for defying a judge's 2011 orders to stop racial profiling at the Arizona border. 

According to the Huffington Post, beyond racial profiling, Arpaio is well-known for his so-called tent city jails, where he forced inmates to stay outside in the heat while wearing pink underwear. 

The total for all the lawsuits against Arpaio added up to more than $142 million, according to The Arizona Republic


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