“Larkin and Lacey Speak Out – What Happened To Joe Arpaio” is an article that highlights the truly devastating loss for the migrant population situated in Arizona and the American public as a whole. The pardon of Joe Arpaio signifies a gross miscarriage of justice. It shows that men who abuse their power to gain notoriety are not subject to the rules that apply to everyone else in the general population.
The Times New Phoenix creators Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey add weight to this bad decision when they report that they believe Joe Arpaio was never going to serve any time in prison for the things that he had done.
Instead, they believe that he used his remarkable political prowess to secure a way out of trouble should the need arise. When it came time for Joe Arpaio to begin answering for his crimes the well laid political plans that he had in store set him free in the form of a presidential pardon.
The anger around this decision has been overwhelming. The reason why people are so upset is that they are familiar with the way the Joe Arpaio ran his police department when he was acting Sheriff of the Maricopa County Police Department. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
He encouraged the stereotyping of certain individuals within the population because he had a personal vendetta against migrants. He wanted to increase the deportation of his department single-handedly. Instead of increasing deportation the only thing that Joe Arpaio successfully did was harass the general public.
Eventually, he was named in a class action lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio. The lawsuit did not rule in his favor and he was ordered to discontinue his practices. Unfortunately for Joe Arpaio, he was not willing to change his behavior in the least. This led to his eventual arrest for contempt.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are not surprised by Joe Arpaio’s behavior because they know him very well. They know that he is a corrupt public official who is willing to do about anything to save himself. He has never had the interest of the public at heart it has always seemed to be about his image.
In fact, he was so interested in preserving his public image that he even began harassing Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey at their newspaper. He issued a subpoena designed to allow him to gain access to their records and arrested them when they discussed the subpoena in their newspaper.
He eventually let them free, but they sued Maricopa County for $3.7 million. They use this money to set up something for the migrant population, the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. They believe that if the money came from something terrible that Joe Arpaio did then it should be shared among all of the people that have been affected by his negative behavior. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
This fund is directly responsible for helping to support projects all over the Arizona area that are geared towards helping members of the migrant population regardless of their citizenship status. They hope to continue to do good things in the future with this money.