The Frontera fund has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of Hispanics. Since it was founded by Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin, the fund has continued to fight for this rights at every turn. This cause has especially become agent since the new regime came in, the president has been one of the most vocal critics of the Hispanic population with a rallying call to build a wall between the two countries, this is a definite statement to his ultimate motives.
This need was further compounded when the president pardoned Sheriff Arpaio, a man who had just been found guilty of defying court orders. In his books, though the president saw this as an attack on a man who shared and harbored the same ideas as him. It will be undoubtedly remembered that he justified his actions by stating that the sheriff was being targeted for merely doing the job he was elected to do.
According to Lacey and Larkin the former owners of the phoenix new times this cannot be further from the truth. The president had just phrased his statement in a manner which best fit his political base and in so doing refused to acknowledge the actual concerns and potential crimes that the sheriff had engaged in over the years. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter
By simply stating that the sheriff was merely doing his job it could be interpreted as justifying the numerous cases of inmate suicides, deaths, beatings and racial profiling that were perpetrated by the sheriff in his quest to enforce his tough on immigration policy. The sheriff had actually been sued in a previous case Melendres v. Arpaio a case that had been specifically brought againdt him for racial profiling.
The case was overseen by Judge G. Murray Snow who found the sheriff guilty of the same. The duo of Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin had begun to get validated as there reporting over the years had indicated the same, and now the same was being confirmed by the court.
The two had a history with the sheriff who due to their reporting had made them mortal enemies. The sheriff had instigated an arrest against them. This arrest was effected in the middle of the night in sometimes back in 2007.
The arrest followed reports that emerged on their paper the Phoenix New Times on the contents of an overreaching subpoena that was meant to force the paper to cease from reporting anything concerning the sheriff.
The arrest was in bad taste, and the sheriff found out this the hard way because as soon as the story went public, everyone was up in arms. The New York Times, USA today and the Washington post had quite a lot to say on this matter in all cases castigating the sheriff. The public also joined in demanding the immediate release of the two.
The sheriff had no option but to let them go, they would in coming months sue the sheriff and his department for the same. What followed was a legal battle that saw the sheriff department lose and was required to pay them 3.75 million dollars as compensation.
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