Joe Arpaio considers himself to be America’s Toughest Sheriff, but his victims have a new nickname for him: America’s Worst Sheriff. For decades now, former sheriff Joe Arpaio terrorized his local community.
Until recently, by abusing his political power, he kept his immoral actions suppressed. Now that the criminal activities of Joe Arpaio are public knowledge to the entire country and his victims finally have a voice, everyone believe that Arpaio would finally be held accountable for his actions.
They were wrong. After Arpaio was finally convicted of criminal contempt of court, President Donald Trump pardoned him. Victims of Arpaio were furious at the decision.
“This is a perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” Michael Lacey, one of Arpaio’s victims, said about Trump and Arpaio. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
Michael Lacey was one half of the journalistic team that was illegal arrested by Joe Arpaio. The newspaper that Lacey worked for and co-owned, Phoenix New Times, published material that exposed some of Arpaio’s possible crimes. This caused Arpaio to react by sending his deputies in unmarked vans to arrest the team.
“We were a constant thorn in his side,” said Jim Larkin, the other man arrested. “I think that’s why Michael and I got arrested.”
When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin got arrest, they made national headlines. Stories popped up in USA Today, The Washington Post, and the New York Times, providing America with information that citizens of Maricopa County had known for years: Arpaio was corrupt. The publicized arrest was responsible for exposing one of Arpaio’s many constitutional violations.
The same year of the arrest some of Arpaio’s deputies pulled over a car that contained a Mexican citizen who was in the country legally(with a valid visa.) Arpaio eventually confessed to telling his deputies to use racial profiling to determine who to arrest and who to pull over.
The confession among other things resulted in a judge ordering Arpaio to not enforce immigration policy. Arpaio later broke those orders, but says he only misunderstood them. That’s when Arpaio was charged with criminal contempt of court.
Now that he’s been pardoned, his victims are once again left voiceless. No one expect Arpaio, age 85, to be sent to prison, but with the pardon he won’t even need to pay a fine.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have created a voice for the victims of Arpaio. They have created a new newspaper and a new charitable organization – both relating to Arpaio in some way.
The Frontera Fund pledges to provide money and resources towards the victims of Joe Arpaio. Larkin and Lacey are using their fundraiser as a way to help the Hispanic community in and around Arizona.
The two are also back in the journalism business. They created Front Page Confidential to combat corrupt politicians like Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio has announced that he plans to run for public office in the future and their new paper intends to prevent that from happening.Posted by seatheocean on .