The days behind bars for Joe Arpaio are over. This is after President Donald Trump pardoned the controversial former sheriff convicted in July 2017 with criminal contempt. Arpaio is known for his dislike for the Latino community in Maricopa County, Arizona. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Together with the police officers under his leadership, he led a campaign to remove “illegal immigrants”. In his tenure, Arpaio engaged in racial prejudice and harassing Latinos in exchange for immigration services.
It is these cruel acts of Mr Arpaio that led two men Michael Lacey executive editor of Village Voice Media newspaper and Jim Larkin CEO of the same paper to expose him to the Public. The duo frequently wrote about the injustices that were being perpetrated against the Latino community by Arpaio and his department.
These articles were not received well by Arpaio who felt that Larkin and Lacey were standing in his way. In their effort to expose Arpaio, Lacey and Larkin published an article on the probe of a grand jury.
Later that day, Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit agents were in their homes in Phoenix, Arizona. The two were arrested and charged with disclosing details about a grand-jury. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
During their work on publishing that particular article Lacey and Larkin had no idea that that jury was investigating them. On October 2018 the day of their arrest, some men arrived in unlabeled SUVs which had Mexican license plates. They arrested Lacey and Larkin and kept in separate jails managed by Sheriff Arpaio.
Their arrest was criticized by the public as an illegal arrest and violation of human rights. The public was fed up by Arpaio multiple injustices. Previously Arpaio had been reported to courts of his action, but these reports didn’t see the light of day.
In 2011, judge Murray Snow of United States District had warned the sheriff against detaining the immigrants on the basis of mere suspicion and without credible evidence. A lawsuit was filed against Arpaio that showed the conditions faced by inmates in Tent City. It is on this Lawsuit that he was charged with violating the rights of the immigrant community.
The controversial arrest of Lacey and Larkin gained national coverage, and other newspapers released previous articles written by the duo. They were engaged in a lengthy legal battle that resulted to a ruling of a settlement of $3.7 million by Maricopa County.
Lacey and Larkin used the settlement money to form the Frontera fund an organization that supports the Latino and other communities to protect their rights. The organization has earned an excellent reputation in investigative reporting and additional coverage in feature writing and local events.
Larkin and Lacey are also in the process of launching a website called FrontPage Confidential that focuses on Free speech and First Amendment.
Lacey feels that Arpaio pardon comes with the president’s need to please his audience. Arpaio is a supporter of Trump and had endorsed his candidacy in January 2016 when most people did not accept him.