"America's Toughest Sheriff" speaks at the RNC, but not inside the convention hall

The nation's most infamous local law enforcement officer, 80-year-old sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County, Ariz., made the news again earlier this month as he defended his office against allegations of racial profiling and discrimination against Latinos.

Next week, the controversial cop visits Tampa to speak to delegates; but not all of them, and not inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

No, "America's toughest sheriff" will address delegates from western states near the elephant enclosure at the Lowry Park Zoo in North Tampa, as reported by KTAR radio on Monday.

Arpaio will run for a sixth term this fall. He told the conservative website NewsMax.com that he's raised $7.5 million for his campaign, "so evidently someone likes what I’m doing.”

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