The News Version website recently published Gemma Cottrell’s article “Larkin and Lacey Speak Out- What Happened to Joe Arpaio.” The article reveals how President Trump recently pardoned the Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The sheriff has gained infamy across the country for a variety of heinous acts including wrongfully detaining immigrants and the wrongful imprisonment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
Nearly a decade ago, a dozen Maricopa County Selective Enforcement agents arrived on the doorsteps of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Under the direction of Joe Arpaio, the agents took the men into custody and imprisoned them for 26 days. They were charged with disclosing information about a grand-jury investigation.
Both men were involved in the local newspaper, the Village Voice Media. Lace was the executive editor and Larkin was the CEO. They both published a piece on the same day they were arrested. They both discussed the probe of the grand jury in a Village Voice Media article in the Pheonix New Times. What they did not realize was that the grand-jury had been investigating them.
Arpaio had become incensed with the latest coverage of the aggressive law enforcement tactics he promoted with his department. He took the sheriff’s office in 1992 and had become infamous for his acts against the Tent City, immigrants, and women. Read more: Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The United States District Judge revealed to the sheriff as early as 2011 that is was against the constitutional law to detain an immigrant due to suspicion. Especially when there is no evidence to suggest wrongdoing, the sheriff could not hold that person.
There were a variety of instances that happened before 2011 that eventually rose to the surface of public knowledge. Nearly a decade ago, there was a lawsuit filed against the sheriff for the conditions of the inmates in Tent City. He was also charged for violating the rights of a variety of immigrant groups.
However, Arpaio denied the charges and continued working with his harsh and inhumane tactics. He continued to encourage his staff to pursue racial profiling of Latinos to hand them over to immigration services. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin eventually began investigating to raise awareness of his unfair treatment.
This investigation led to the two men being arrested. Larkin and Lacey filed a lawsuit against the sheriff for malpractice and corruption. Eventually, the case settled for $3.7 million.
Lacey believes that Trump pardoned the sheriff because he needed to appeal to the nationalists who view the sheriff as heroic.