It is not possible to talk about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey without tying their story to one Joe Arpaio. It is as if the three have a destiny together. However, the former two names cannot be cooked in the same pot as the third one.
There are times when life proves us wrong for things we’ve held to be right for a long time. Joe Arpaio had served the Police Department for 24 years. He had been re-elected six times. Yet, signifies a man with little respect for a segment of the community he sought to protect. He had got away with a lot of malicious and unlawful actions.
That was before he came face to face with the power of the pen; thanks to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two gentlemen are renowned proprietors of a newspaper called New Times and experienced journalists. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
Mr. Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court charges in July 2017; although according to Larkin & Lacey, that was the least the law could do to a man who had made away with so much crime, including abductions and murders by abusing his power as Sheriff of Maricopa.
However, justice was yet to meet another debacle in the form of a recent pardon of the long-serving convicted Sheriff. The action by President Trump lets the cat out of the bag. So, Larkin & Lacey now know who really wants to persecute the Latin American people and other immigrant minorities in the South.
According to Larkin & Lacey, the legal system has failed. He observes that it is hard to understand how a person who had committed so much crime and abused his office could be set free. He further faults the legal system for only focusing on the contempt of court offense as opposed to the myriad crimes that the former Sheriff had committed.
It will be recalled that Mr. Arpaio was a vocal supporter of president Trump back in the day when he ran the anti-Obama campaign in which he claimed that Obama was not born in America and that he was not an American.
The chickens seem to have come to roost. President Trump has returned the favor to his ardent supporter in matters exclusion. It is an embarrassment to the American dream, but it is a reality that all Americans, particularly the immigrants might have to live with for a while.
The Phoenix Arrests
The New Times reporters Larkin & Lacey lived in Phoenix back in 2007. They had been uncompromisingly running editorials about the Sheriff’s wayward actions and his corrupt regime in Maricopa. They had unearthed many scandals that were still unresolved by the police. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Suddenly, the two popular journalists saw armed goons from Arpaio’s police department, a group formed and named the Selective Enforcement Unit force their way into their apartment and arrest them. They had come to mete out revenge against the journalists for covering the evils of their boss.
It is from those arrests that Joe began to discover that his long stint at the helm of the police department was coming to an end.
Larkin & Lacey successfully sued the Sherriff and were awarded over $3 million. They decided to use the money to start Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund; an organization that provides assistance to people subjected to ill-treatment by the authorities, by virtue of their race, economic status or origin.