Sherriff Joe Arpaio arrested Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin on the night of October 2007. Under the guidance of armed deputies whose jurisdiction is Maricopa County, the Selective Enforcement Unit put the two in custody. As the leaders of the Village Voice Media, Lacey and Larkin were charged with disseminating sensitive information concerning a filed case. Forcibly evacuated from their homes in Phoenix, the duo was shoved into a black yet unmarked SUV dominated by tinted windows. Arpaio booked the duo into isolated cells where he served as the manager.
A quick look into the case suggested that Arpaio was the investigator. Also known as the toughest and most reliable sheriff in the United States of America, Joe Arpaio was furious about Lacey and Larkin’s determination to pull his name into the books of corruption. The duo has published an article concerning Joe’s gross misconduct in office. His misdeeds were now out of the dirty docket. According to the article published by Phoenix New Times, Joe was just an extra trouble maker in the department. Mainstream newspapers indicated that Joe was a lead sheriff in fostering incompetence.
One of the articles indicated that he abused power by instigating illegal demands on the people of Arizona. His constant retaliatory abuse of institution contributed to the writing of the said articles. An additional charge on his side indicated that he practiced substandard health provision in the office. On mistreatment and preventable deaths, Joe Arpaio was the lead character. That is why Lacey and Larkin took to the stage to write articles about his malpractices. His systematic persecution as well as racial profiling contributed to the whistle blowing.
During Lacey and Larkin’s arrest, the reasons behind it seemed unclear. However, several pointers indicated that the duo played a pivotal role in highlighting Joe’s character in office. As a result, New Times revealed the grievous assault by giving their story a chance to be read by the people. Arpaio is said to have received concrete help from the attorney’s office. Lacey and Larkin were commanded to surrender their browsing details to the court in order for their IP addresses to be investigated. Being brave, they produced the requirements. In writing, there was a clear indication that the two media personalities were innocent. There only mistake, which can be termed as a constructive mistake or misdoing was helpful in saving many lives in prison. This is because Arpaio’s misconduct extended to the cells. Following a loud outcry by the people, Lacey and Larkin were released and settled at an invaluable cost of approximately $ 3.7 million.
Victims of Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Fight Against Oppression
Residents all across the country applauded the actions of Maricopa County when they refused to re-elect former sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, who has been accused and charged with criminal activity has no place in the law enforcement community and Arizona residents agree.
Arpaio, during his time as sheriff, left behind a long list of victims. Two of those people, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, are not taking his actions in stride. After they were unlawfully arrested by Joe Arpaio for things published in their newspaper, The Phoenix New Times, the duo sued Maricopa County and won.
The two journalists now intend to use the 3.75 million dollar settlement to assist their community. Lacey and Larkin have founded two new organizations: a newspaper and a charity.
Front Page Confidential, their new publication, uses its voice to inform its readers on issues relating to civil violations – specifically first amendment violations. After being subjugated to false imprisonment by Joe Arpaio, the journalists are doing everything in their power to make sure others don’t find themselves in similar circumstances.
Joe Arpaio once admitted to using racial profiling as a way to determine who was an illegal resident. These methods are ultimately what led to his criminal conviction after he refused to abide by a judges order to cease his enforcement of federal immigration law. A large majority of Arpaio’s victims were Hispanic, so Larkin and Lacey started the Frontera Fund to provide information and assistance to the Hispanic community in Arizona.
Joe Arpaio has announced his intention to run for Senate in 2018. People are not quite sure if he is serious, but if he was Lacey and Larkin will be fighting against him along his campaign by using their two newly formed organizations.