When the Selective Enforcement Unit arrived at the homes of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, they had no idea what led to their arrests. In actuality, the longstanding beef between the New Times Media executives and the former Sheriff of Maricopa County had just taken another turn in this decades-long odyssey.
Earlier in the day, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, through their publication, Phoenix New Times, disclosed information concerning a developing grand jury investigation, which, in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s estimation, was cause for arrest. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/
Since 1992, when Joe Arpaio was first elected as Sheriff of Maricopa County, his unconventional and even, illegal and inhumane practices, made him a regular topic in Larkin and Lacey’s publication.
Many of the headlines concerning Sheriff Joe Arpaio, highlighted his prejudiced treatment of the large Latino community residing in Maricopa County, which often heavily infringed on their First Amendment Rights. The conditions of Joe Arpaio’s jail, known by the locals as “tent city,” eventually made their way into the public eye, further exposing the unjust nature of his reign.
Prior to Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s arrest, the policies of Joe Arpaio remained a local issue, despite the fact that he’d received a number of reprimands and warnings for his operations. After they were released, having spent less than 24 hours confined, Larkin and Lacey continued their crusade for the protection of First Amendment rights, fighting Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department in court over the course of three years.
Eventually garnering the victory, they used the $3.75 million settlement to launch the Frontera Fund. Today, Maricopa County is continuing to fight the ghosts of Joe Arpaio’s regime, and through the Frontera Fund, which is at the center of the human rights movement in the area, the victory nears fruition each day.
Despite the many injustices attributed to Joe Arpaio, he recently received a pardon from President Donald Trump, erasing any possibility that he would serve time for his criminal exploits while in office. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase
Many attribute this decision to Joe Arpaio’s stance regarding the support of Donald Trump, which was staunch during a time in which many people felt the possibility of him garnering the presidency, was minute. This proved to pay off immensely for both parties, as President Trump was immediately supported by Joe Arpaio’s nationalist audience, giving him a significant boost during the election.