If you have been following the news for the past ten years or so, you will know all about Joe Arpaio and the way he has abused his power to discriminate against immigrants and people in the prison system. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and https://about.me/jim_larkin
If you have been following the news over the past year, you will also know that President Donald J. Trump gave a Presidential Pardon to Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In fact, this was his first presidential pardon.
This issue is close to the hearts of two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two journalists were at the center of a huge media sensation around ten years ago when Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested them illegally because they were writing things in their newspaper that were critical of him and his abuses of power.
Mr. Joe Arpaio was told many times that things he was doing were illegal. However, he continued to abuse his power and violate the law. Finally, the inmates of Tent City filed a lawsuit against Joe Arpaio. The lawsuit said that he was violating the rights of immigrants, especially people of Latino origin.
However, Sheriff Joe Arpaio would not concede defeat. He continued to abuse the law. He continued to discriminate against Latinos and other immigrants. He would profile them based on their racial status. He would turn them over to immigration officials when they had done nothing to deserve that.
He continued to abuse his power for many years. Eventually, however, it all came to a head. He could not continue acting illegally and discriminating against people forever without being subject to an outcry from journalists when the news of his activities would leak out to the public eye.
Two brave journalists who knew that they had to do something about Sheriff Joe Arpaio were Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They wrote many articles about him in the Phoenix New Times.
They wrote about his abuses of power and the bad things that he was doing. Joe Arpaio got so mad. He decided to set up a grand jury to investigate the Phoenix New Times.
When Jim and Michael started to report on how he was abusing his power to target journalists like them with grand jury investigations, he sent his henchmen in the middle of the night to arrest them and bring them to jail.
Once that happened, it all blew up in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s face. Other newspapers started realizing the monster that he is, so they reported on how he arrested two innocent journalists. Within one day, he had to let them go. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
However, he was not safe from the lawsuit that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey filed against him for their wrongful arrest. Of course, they won the lawsuit, and they made over a million dollars. They did not keep the money for themselves.
Rather, they started the Frontera Fund, which was created to help out the very immigrants who were targeted by Joe Arpaio and his henchmen.