Larkin and Lacey Take on What Happened to Joe Arpaio

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Activist | Posted on 19-06-2018

Lately, there have been many controversial and unusual presidential pardons in the US history. One of the latest incidents being the pardon issued to Joe Arpaio, one of the toughest sheriffs in Maricopa county Arizona by President Donald Trump. Although he holds a record of various notorious acts, one of his most heinous acts entails unlawful imprisonment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the owners of village voice.

The Backstory of Arpaio

About ten years ago, the Maricopa county selective prosecution unit agent, arrested Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey from their homes in Phoenix Arizona under cover of darkness. This followed an order by Joe Arpaio. These agents detained the two men and charged them with the disclosure of details concerning the grand-jury investigation. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

The two worked with village voice media lacey being the executive editor while Larkin was the CEO. Before they were arrested, they had published an article in the village voice media earlier in the day. This publication addressed the grand jury probe. Unfortunately, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey did not know that they were being investigated by the grand jury.

Arpaio had always been aggressive to ensure that law was enforced. This tactic had continuously defined various sheriffs’ departments since his assumption to office in 1992. However, the increasing coverage of his work concerning enforcement was frustrating him.

Multiple publishers had brought such coverage up many times. Since he took office, Mr. Arpaio had encountered several cases directing him on what was admissible to publish and what was not.

Most of these cases took place behind closed doors. Controversially, finally what had always been hidden rose to the surface. This file exposed the various challenges encountered by the inmates especially in Tent city under his authority.

Based on this information, Mr. Arpaio was accused and later charged with defilement of the Latinos rights as well as other immigrants. From this point, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey started exposing Arpaio to the American public. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media

Notably, by the time these two men started exposing Arpaio most of the publications were not talking about him at all. However, as the publication from articles derived from Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey work gained momentum, this scandal attracted more attention to the point of receiving a nationwide coverage.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Continued Fight for Latino Rights after Pardoning of Joe Arpaio

Later on, Maricopa County paid Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey a sum of 3.75 million dollars to resolve their lawsuit with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

With this amount, the two formed the Lacey and Larkin Fonterra fund, which offers a grant to various migrants’ organizations throughout Arizona. This organization works actively in support of the rights of the Latinos and Hispanics.

For instance, this organization has helped many Hispanics and Latinos who have faced various discriminations especially from the law enforcement and public officers.

Since Mr. Arpaio has been pardoned by president Trump, the role of ensuring that his unique legacy is no longer active lies in the efforts of organizations like Fontera Fund by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

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