The road to justice and freedom is still a long distance to travel. Sometimes it seems as though no strides have been made in that battle. It continues for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey as they keep an injustice at the fore front of the nation. They are still rallying around the case of Joe Arpaio, the sheriff that was pardoned by President Trump.
If he had not been a loyal, and vocal Trump supporter during the presidential campaign, he would be serving a sentence for the many harsh, and cruel crimes that he committed. Joe Arpaio was the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. He had served for twenty four years, and terrorized the county during the entire time. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
As co-owners of The Phoenix New Times news publication, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had written several articles about the corrupt sheriff exposing his totally blatant disrespect for the law. Joe Arpaio would only abide by his own law, and it was one of contempt.
The sheriff was responsible for many deaths inside his jail. He even built a concentration camp that he named Tent City. He criminally violated the First Amendment rights of the Latino, and Hispanic population in and around the county. Jpe Arpaio was so vile that he ordered women to be chained to their beds during childbirth.
Finally, investigations of him started, and much of this was brought to light. He was convicted of many crimes, but before he could be sentenced to prison time, President Trump intervened with a pardon. The sheriff was an ardent racist who constantly showed his dislike for people of other cultures.
Larkin and Lacey expressed the sentiment that these two corrupt people were a perfect marriage. They continue to highlight this event because it was a total miscarriage of justice. The two men are so adamant about Arpaio paying his dues because they were victims of the sheriff’s action when they were arrested in October of 2007.
Larkin and Lacey were unlawfully taken away from their homes in handcuffs because of their accounts of the sheriff and his posse. They were accused of releasing information about Grand Jury proceedings Their rights were violated, and a lawsuit against the county was launched.
The suit was finally settled, and the county of Maricopa was ordered to pay the duo $3.7 million dollars. With all of the injustice that had taken place against the diverse population of the county, Larkin and Lacey wanted to do something to help. Instead of keeping the entire settlement for themselves, they started the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.
The Frontera Fund is a fund to help organizations that were supporting the civil, human, and migrant rights of Latinos and Hispanics in Arizona. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were two college dropouts who got started in the newspaper industry when they did cover stories of the Kent State University incident.
Lacey was the Executive Editor, and Larkin led the advertising department of their publication, The New Times, which was a free weekly newspaper.