Dubbed as the toughest sheriff in the United States, Joe Arpaio was a man who was known for putting the bad guys behind the bar. He was so committed to his work to the extent that it was difficult for thugs and other criminals to survive in his area of jurisdiction, Maricopa County, Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/about/ and https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/larkin-lacey-speak-happened-joe-arpaio/
However, he went beyond what was regarded as constitutional and started hunting immigrants, especially those who were not documented. Some of the immigrants arrested were detained while others faced brutal punishment from his foot soldiers who had embraced his strategies.
His aggressive policies and racism antics had attracted the members of the public from his region. Surprisingly, there was a significant number backing his actions with the argument that he was fighting illegal immigrants into the United States and taking them back to Mexico and the places of their origin. Nevertheless, a significant number of people did not like this approach.
Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were some of the people who were strongly condemning him for his racist actions. The problem is that both Lacey and Larkin were from the Hispanic community who were living in the United States and criticizing Joe Arpaio was not going to be accepted.
Arpaio, being the police chief felt that both Lacey and Larkin were becoming too much of a bother by continually publishing articles about the Sheriff aggressive policies that involved racism and unacceptable treatment of women. Arpaio went ahead to arrest the two journalists and detained them for twenty-four days.
That is the last time that Joe Arpaio would have the power to arrest immigrants and other individuals in the society. Information spread fast about the arrest of the two journalists and an issue that was barely regionally captured the imagination of the whole country.
Several media houses from Arizona and others from different parts of the country started reporting Arpaio’s mistreatment of Latin members and other immigrants from other countries. Most of the people detained by the Sheriff were not told the reason behind their detainment. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge
The imprisoning of the two journalists caused an uproar around the country, and people called for the sheriff to be arrested because of detaining people who had nothing wrong.
The Latin community, people who had a Latin background, and the members of the media who felt that their rights were being infringed. Joe Arpaio was later convicted in 2017 for not following the constitution.