People find it appalling as they wonder what the world is coming to when the scales of justice are tipped in favor of the criminal. It is deemed a betrayal of the innocent, and their human right to expect the law to protect them. It was an outrage to many when a sheriff by the name of Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal acts, then pardoned by Donald Trump shortly after entering the White House.
Joe Arpaio had served several terms as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, and was considered the worst sheriff in world history. There was no one in the old, wild west that could top some of the haneous crimes that he committed, and got away with.
For nearly twenty five years, Joe Arpaio terrorized the Latino and Hispanic population of Maricopa County, which is a large area in Arizona. Racial profiling was this sheriff’s top priority. He harassed and arrested members of the minority cultures for no apparent reasons.
He would keep the jailed for long periods of time, which upset their families lives, and their means of survival. Complaints against this sheriff landed on deaf ears. No one listened to the plight of the people in the county. People were starved to death while in jail, or died from deplorable conditions. They were beaten severely, and was never given medical care.
Arpaio was so devious that he ordered that pregnant women be chained to the beds during childbirth. If all of this wasn’t bad enough, the sheriff had a tent city put up in the extreme heat of the summer, and again, many people died. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Meanwhile, there were two journalists who were publishers of their own online newspaper, and had heard of the misconduct of Joe Arpaio.
They investigated thoroughly, and published their findings. Many people read this publication, The Phoenix New Times, and word spread of all of the wrong doing.
Li Larkin and Michael Lacey were friends who met when they were students at Arizona State University. They started their first weekly newspaper after controversial accounts of the Kent State Tragedy in 1970. They informed the world of the corrupt behavior of Joe Arpaio.
Because of this, Arpaio had them arrested at their homes in the middle of the night by deputies in unmarked cars, with license plates from Mexico. The charges against them were a violation of their First Amendment Rights. When they were released the next day, they soon filed a law suit against the sheriff, and the county. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
It took a few years, but they won their law suit, and was awarded $3.7 million dollars. Instead of keeping all of the money for themselves, the established the Frontera Fund.
This organization was founded to help other organizations who were fighting for the human, civil, and migrant rights of Latinos and Hispanics in Arizona. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey continue to write their online publications that inform people of everything from music to politics. Their publications reach people from coast to coast.