PHOENIX – Controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has called off his plan to have jail chain gangs pick up trash outside Major League Baseball's All-Star Game Tuesday night.
Arpaio said he decided not to go ahead with his plan and instead let the kids enjoy the event and the fans focus on America's favorite pastime.
The sheriff had planned to have three chain gangs decked out in striped jail garb posted around Chase Field during the game.
One was to be made up entirely of undocumented immigrants convicted of drunken driving.
Arpaio regularly uses his chain gangs to draw publicity for his tough-on-crime message.
The sheriff also placed chain gangs near the 2008 Super Bowl.