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Sarah Palin Gets Pink Underwear from Ariz. Sheriff Joe "Let Them Wear Pink" Arpaio

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Ex-Governor Sarah Palin at Tea Party Rally in Arizona October 22, 2010 Via Twitter

Sarah Palin Gets Pink Underwear from Ariz. Sheriff Joe "Let Them Wear Pink" Arpaio
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Ex-Governor Sarah Palin at Tea Party Rally in Arizona October 22, 2010 (Via Twitter)
NEW YORK (CBS) When Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio met Alaska's ex-governor Sarah Palin he gave her a very special gift - a pair of pink underwear, according to Arpaio's Twitter account.

Palin was the "surprise guest" at a Tea Party Express Rally in Phoenix where Arpaio, America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff," spoke about illegal immigration.

The interesting gift isn't quite as random as one might think - Arpaio is famous for making his inmates wear pink underwear and using pink handcuffs, claiming that pink is psychologically calming, according to a 2009 profile in Time Magazine.

Arpaio announced the gift on his Twitter page: "Just got done welcoming Sarah Palin to our County. Had a nice chat and gave her a pair of pink underwear," he wrote.

In an ongoing case, a federal judge ruled in 2008 and again in 2010 that Maricopa County jails violate the civil rights of inmates. Aside from the pink underwear and "wrist jewelry," Arpaio is also known for restricting his prisoners to two meals a day, and housing some inmates outdoors.

  • Carlin Miller

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