Jim Larkin and Michael Laceys Fight against the Social Injustices Perpetrated by Joe Arpaio at Maricopa County

The release of Mr. Joe Arpaio by President Trump through a presidential pardon has left people with many questions. Did he deserve the pardon? What message does it send to the supporters of his ideologies?

Well, there are many unanswered questions and that has led to the pardon being a controversial topic. He perpetrated the detainment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey after they exposed his illegal activities as a Sheriff at Maricopa County.

The story behind the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

As a sheriff at Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio ordered the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The word about his toughness in the facility had spread tremendously. The Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Units Agents executed the orders by arresting the owners and managers of the Village Voice Media. They faced the charges of interference with an on-going investigation by exposing the details of the investigation.

Lacey and Larking, Executive Editor and CEO of Village Voice Media respectively, had published a story in the Phoenix New Times about a grand-jury without knowing that the same grand-jury was investigating them.

Arpaio joined the Maricopa facility in 1992. Since then, his activities at the facility had been linked to social profiling, mistreatment of inmates, illegal arrest and detention of Latinos cases. The stories of the heinous acts had been published several times by reporters. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase

He was always summoned and advised against such a behavior behind closed doors. After sometime, everything came to the limelight after he was sued. The details of the lawsuit came to the knowledge of people. The lawsuit case contained the details of mistreatment of inmates, among other allegations. He was charged with those offences. However, the activities continued at the station. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://frontpageconfidential.com/fbi-arrest-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/

There was a public outcry concerning the state of inmates, the racial profiling and rampant arrests of Latinos at the facility. The outcry caught the attention of the reporters. Lacey and Larkin exposed out-rightly all the activities which were being carried out at the facility against the constitution.

They published a lot of stories about the facility and Arpaio himself. It is under those circumstances that the reporters were arrested and detained for 24 days. After their release, they initiated a lawsuit which saw them compensated with $3.7 million.

The Arpaio’s release

Most likely, Arpaio had an exit plan. He was a supporter of Trump during the campaigns. At one point, Trump had hinted about releasing him in a public rally. Joe Arpaio was later released by President Trump.

The Aftermath

Many organizations and movements came forward to fight the racial profiling, mistreatment of inmates as well as illegal detainment of Latinos. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey stepped in and found probably the largest charity organization called Frontera Fund.

They fought for the rights of Latinos among other disadvantaged people and supported any non-profit group that came forward to fight for Hispanic civil rights and courses.

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