Joe Arpaio’s Presidential Pardon has created a wave of awareness around the country – awareness that the government does not care about its people, does not adhere to the sentiments of the population, and only wants to free people who come from a position of money or power.
Arpaio was a criminal. He was known for committing several crimes and acts that caused severe pain and suffering to thousands of people. He was particularly resentful towards the Latin American community and believed that no one belonging to that race could legally be living in the country. He was governed by his own racist notions which led him to partake in a number of illegal activities so that he could enforce his own bigoted view of moral justice.
In spite of people getting to know of the crimes that he was committing, he continued on in the position as the Sheriff of Maricopa County for over twenty-five years. This was in spite of the crimes that he had already committed, and the punishments he was giving people who belonged to the Latin American community. He also was known for the harsh conditions that the prisons that he ran were kept in. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
These prisons were considered to be akin to concentration camps, and people were denied basic necessities that one needed to live. Inmates inside these prisons were also subject to an incredible amount of torture and many of them died as a result of the conditions that they were made to live in.
While reports started surfacing everywhere about the acts that Arpaio was engaging in, the Sheriff would actively try to shut down reporters or publications that brought his actions to light. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were two people who got to experience this when they released articles about Arpaio and the acts that he was committing. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
They were imprisoned falsely by Arpaio and soon after decided to sue the sheriff for what he had done to them. The case dragged on for an incredibly long time before Lacey and Larkin were actually given any compensation for the trouble that Arpaio had put them through during that period.
Using the money that the duo was offered, they decided to start up an organization that would aid people who were in a similar situation as them. Granting justice to Arpaio was one of the main aims of the organization, and was something that they worked towards immensely since the establishment.
Because of the goals that the organization had, several people from all over the country came forward in support of the organization and the goals they were looking to achieve.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was what the organization came to be known as, and was one that played a big role in the sentencing of Arpaio. Lacey and Larkin knew the road to convicting Arpaio would not be easy, and they are only working more towards seeing their goals to fruition.
Even with the pardon, the organization is still in the fight, hoping that one day the judicial system will be in the favor of the people, and not the corrupt officials who run the place.
Joe Arpaio is back on the Campaign Trail – Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Launch Front Page Confidential
When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by Joe Arpaio, journalists from all over the country rallied to their side, calling for their release. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists themselves, so their peers defended them the only way they knew how.
You see, back in 2007, Joe Arpaio decided to arrest Lacey and Larkin due to the fact that he didn’t like what they were publishing in the Phoenix New Times. Lacey and Larkin had been investigating Joe Arpaio for years, but once the New Times published the contents of a court subpoena, Joe Arpaio, as Sheriff of Maricopa County, thought he had the right to arrest them. Thanks to their fellow journalists, Maricopa County had no choice other than to release Lacey and Larkin.
It is obvious to most that when a journalist is arrested for reasons related to the content of their paper, it is a violation of the first amendment. Joe Arpaio either didn’t know this, or he didn’t care.
After Lacey and Larkin were released they filed a lawsuit. This lawsuit culminated in 2013 when they were awarded nearly 4 million dollars in cash.
As the owners of Village Voice Media, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey owned and operated dozens of newspapers. They have since sold their company in favor of more altruistic careers; Lacey and Larkin founded The Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund is a charitable organization that works in Arizona to bring relief to the Hispanic community. They are doing this because Hispanics were one of the primary targets of Joe Arpaio.
Despite their interest in giving back, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin returned to the newspaper industry in 2017. Front Page Confidential was founded in order to continue their efforts against Arpaio because he is running for Congress. Joe Arpaio terrorized Arizona for 24 years; now he wants to terrorize the entire country as United States Congressman.