The pardon that was granted to Arpaio has caused a significant amount of unrest all over the country, and rightly so because of the nature of the deeds that Arpaio has committed.
The man, who previously served as the sheriff of Maricopa County first started to be known for the crimes that he was committing after reports began emerging about people who were affected by his deeds. One of the cases that mainly brought light to the acts that he was involved with was the case that involved Lacey and Larkin, two newsmen from Phoenix Arizona.
Lacey and Larkin were two individuals who ran their newspaper when the incident of their arrest took place. They decided to write an article about Arpaio and the acts that he was committing, which is why they were arrested by Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Upon release, they decided to sue Arpaio, which resulted in a case that dragged on for several years before compensation was given to Lacey and Larkin. This led to them forming an organization that would try its best to ensure that justice was delivered to Arpaio for the deeds that he committed.
The case against Arpaio went on longer than it should have. The organization was instrumental in finally seeing some form of development within the matter which otherwise would not have taken place.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was the reason the case was even brought to light, and the reason why so many people came together to stand against Arpaio.
In spite of the large-scale political unrest that emerged within the country, Arpaio was given a lighter sentence than most of the people that he wrongfully convicted.
Even the reasoning for his sentence was not the acts that he committed, but a violation of the court. He was given a sentence of six months, which was also overturned as a result of the Presidential Pardon that was offered to him.
The list of acts that Arpaio was being convicted for is incredibly long and showcases the unjustness of the system. One of the primary activities that Arpaio is being tried for is the rampant racism that he was engaging in during his tenure.
According to him, people belonging to other races living in America were beneath him, which is why he tried as much as possible to inflict injustices upon them. These acts involved a number of heinous crimes which had only increased as he was re-elected to the position of Sheriff of Maricopa County.
Another crime that Arpaio was known for was the conditions that he kept the prisons that he was running in. Arpaio was known to commit a number of crimes on the prisoners, that ranged from torture to denial of necessities.
The number of suicides within these prisons increased, and the number of people in there belonging to the Latin American community in particular increased by the day.
Even though Arpaio is now being considered a free man, Lacey and Larkin still have faith that they can work towards a future in which justice is granted to Arpaio for all of his deeds.
Learn more about Larkin and Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://angel.co/jim-larkin-1
The American crime story, Larkin, and Lacey against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Frontera Fund has been helping the groups in the United States such as Latinos to access the rights that protect them as stated in the first amendment. It is only right that the Fund be used in such a way considering how it was founded.
The history of the Frontera Fund
A decade ago, there was a famous case of journalists Jim and Lacey against the then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Joe had been wrongfully detaining Latinos in his county under the false pretext of illegal immigration. Joe used the police force under his wing to illegally profile detainees on the base of race, specifically the Latinos. He would have them detained for several days with no proof of an actual crime. The Latino community became aware of this injustice and brought the issue to the attention of the press. However, no local news outlet would take on the story as they feared Sheriff Arpaio’s wrath.
After several legal complaints against Joe that were all handled away from the public ear, finally in 2011, a public lawsuit was filed. This was when Larkin and Lacey took up the story and began carrying out their research. The pair who were the Executive editor and CEO of the Village Voice Newspaper respectively published an expose on the sheriff, and this made them his enemy. Arpaio went after them and had them arrested for exposing details on an investigation by the grand jury.
Despite the fact that everyone knew Jim and Michael were victims of the dictatorship, the two spent twenty-four days in detainment under harsh conditions. When they were finally set free, they filled a lawsuit against Arpaio and won 3.7 million dollars in settlement. All this drama lead to the eventual arrest and loss of the sheriff seat by Joe until recently when he received president Trump’s presidential pardon that set him free.
The 3.7 million dollars that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey won is settlement was used to launch the now Frontera Fund.