Larkin and Lacey on Arpaio’s Pardon

There have been presidential pardons that have raised eyebrows from the public throughout the American history. The controversy behind these pardons lies behind the backgrounds of the individuals receiving them and the most recent of these unusual pardons was to Joe Arpaio by President Trump.

Joe has been known for wrongful imprisonment of individuals under suspicions that they were immigrants with no proper documents.

One of Joe’s devious acts was when he instructed selective enforcement agents to arrest Village Voice owners, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. This all happened in over a decade ago in Maricopa County, Arizona. The two were charged for disclosing details about a grand-jury investigation.

This arrest was made under the cover of darkness where earlier in the day there was a publication in Phoenix New Times by Village Voice Media about the probe of a grand jury. During the same time, the same grand jury was investigating Larkin and Lacey.

Since Joe Arpaio took up office as the Sheriff of Maricopa County there had various heinous arrests on women and inmates more so if they were immigrants and this has been written in several publications. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://james-larkin.com/

These publications had frustrated Arpaio due to the increasing coverage of these aggressive tactics in law enforcement.

In 2011, District Judge Murray Snow told Joe that arrests on immigrants due to suspicion weren’t sufficient grounds for detaining them. Joe defied these orders and still encouraged racial profiling of Latinos. This went on until his abuse of power caught the eye of reporters due to a public outcry.

It was during this time that Larkin and Lacey were exposing Joe that led to their arrest. The decision to publish in the Phoenix New Times only came after they became targets by a special prosecution team.

During this time, many newspapers didn’t cover Arpaio but as more reporters published the matter, the matter grew to the point it became a nationally covered story. After the arrest, the two were released after 24 days and then filed a suit against Arpaio outlining his malpractices and corruption, which ended with a settlement of $3.7 million.

After the suit, Arpaio didn’t win his re-election run for his seventh term but his political experience enabled him to land on the good books of Donald Trump.

Joe endorsed Donald in the very early stages of the campaign trail and this even led to Trump hinting that he was to pardon Arpaio. However, Lacey believes that the pardon was granted for the purpose of appealing Trump’s audience who view Joe Arpaio as a national hero.

In response to the racial profiling, human rights movements rallied to protect the Latino community and this led to the creation of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.

An organization that helps members of their society inclusive of Latinos in the protection of their First Amendment rights. With uprisings due to the knowledge of Arpaio’s misdeeds, there is a promise of ending his agenda for good.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larking came together in 1972 to create Phoenix New Years after the layer had dropped out from Arizona State University. The campus paper which was published every week came into being in response to conservative media coverage of antiwar protests by students.

Lacey was the CEO while his partner became the executive editor. The paper’s audience grew with time and in 1983 the Village Voice joined 17 papers that formed a multimillion dollar conglomerate of newspapers.

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