If you haven’t heard of Joe Arpaio you probably should get to know him to understand why Michael Lacey and Joe Larkin are so angry.
Joe Arpaio was elected Sheriff of Maricopa County of Arizona in 1992 and quickly turned into a controversial figure.
In 1993, to fight prison overcrowding, Arpaio created a facility called Tent City. In the desert of Arizona temperatures could reach 135 degrees. Prisoners were subjugated to inhumane treatment while being contained in Tent City.
While prisoners outside were yearning for the air conditioning of the indoors, the inmates being held in county jails were being beaten to death and soon to be mothers were chained to beds during child birth.
Arpaio sustained his position as Sheriff with strategies of bribery and abuse of power. He has misused his authority to arrest or smear all those who appose him. This corrupt behavior was allowed to go on until recent years when it finally got nationwide media coverage.
Arpaio was finally charged with criminal contempt of court when he violated a judge’s order to cease his racial profiling and enforcement of federal immigration laws. He failed to abide by the judge’s orders and was promptly charged and convicted.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are victims of Arpaio as well. The journalists were arrested for something they published in their paper, a violation of the first amendment. The duo were quickly released from custody and they went on to sue the county for their unlawful arrest.
In a time where the President of the United States is the biggest threat to the first amendment, it is no surprise that the President also pardoned Joe Arpaio from his conviction in criminal contempt of court. Citizens, including Larkin and Lacey, were outraged over the President’s decision.
Now Arpaio says he may be planning to run for Senator of Arizona.
Michael Lacey blames the justice system for not charging Arpaio with more crimes.
Lacey claims that Arpaio is accountable for countless deaths during his time as sheriff. Lacey believes the justice system has failed by only charging Arpaio with contempt of court.
With the winning of their lawsuit and the money they obtained from selling their newspaper, the duo now plan to fight against the local corruption that is so prevalent in Arizona. Larkin and Lacey have teamed up once again to create two new organizations.
The Frontera Fund is a charitable organization that raises money towards fighting migrant injustices like those committed by Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
The company focuses its attention on the Hispanic community in Arizona and works hard to inform them on issues important to them like immigration laws and DACA reform.
Their new newspaper, Front Page Confidential, aims to reach a much wider audience. The newspaper intends to educate people all across the nation on issues relating to their first amendment.
Lacey and Larkin want to make sure that the government, both local and federal, do not impede on the basic rights The Constitution guarantees to all United States citizens.