Larkin and Lacey Fighting Arpaio, Donald Trump, & the U.S Justice System

After a decade of back and forth altercation, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are left aggrivated at Donald Trump’s clearance of Sheriff Arpaio. In 2017 Joseph Michael Arpaio had served 24 years as sheriff law enforcer of Arizona’s Maricopa County.

The law enforcement department of Maricopa country oversees the 4th largest county in the country and the 5th largest city in the U.S, the city of Phoenix, Arizona. And, for the the last 24 years Sheriff Arpaio’s law enforcing patterns have spoken greatly about the country’s dismissal of misused power in governmental entities.

Arpaio’s biggest accusation remains the use of racial profiling motivating the detention of law breaking suspects and treatment in prison facilities. Sheriff Arpaio’s controversy stirs parts in Donald Trump’s own plot running for president in 2016. Alike Trump, the targets of Sheriff Arpaio have remained Latinos, specifically, Mexicans. Arizona hosts a high Latino population and as border state to Mexico, Mexicans are the biggest target for charges against unlawful immigration statuses. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter

The first ever to speak about Sheriff Arpaio’s actions has been two journalists by the name of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who in their self-founded Phoenix New Times Newspaper have spoken blatantly about the Sheriff’s constitution infringement.

Larkin and Lacey themselves were targets of Arpaio when he organized their imprisonment in 2007. It only took 24 hours for their arrest to go public and to be set free, but the conflict became part of the larger scale. During 2007 the sheriff itself had been finally charged on multiple accounts of racially motivated raids of Latinos throughout Arizona, in specific one that did not remain silent. Manuel Ortega Melendres, victim in one of Arpio’s organized raids, was the first to formally sue Arpaio.

Through the slow deemed pursuit of justice against sheriff Arpio, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have heavily covered the news of Arpaio’s case. In 2011, Arpio’s court conviction sentenced him to stop the raids and maltreatment of suspects. However, in 2013, after Arpio’s repeated sentence misconduct he was once again brought to the attention of the court.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s 10 year long condemnation of Maricopa’s law enforcement and Arpaio drew the public’s discredit and criticism of the federal entity. This past September when it seemed Sheriff Arpaio would at last receive jail time for his crimes, Donald Trump cleared him innocent.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s closed in on Trump’s clearance of Arpio stating their recollection of Arpio’s offenses were damaging enough to the readers of the Phoenix New Times and would surely serve as actions punishable in court.

Larkin and Lacey’s disappointment and frustration in Arpio’s freedom stems from the nation’s lengthy civil right violations of the U.S constitution. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey continue working in favor of the people and dedicate their funds in favor of the rights of immigrants and people like Melendres’s whose case is one of thousands.

Larkin And Lacey Turn Frontera Fund Against Arpaio Legacy

While 2016 may have been discouraging for some with the election of Donald Trump as president, it was encouraging for others with the end of Joe Arpaio’s time as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Arpaio’s legacy will certainly not be forgotten by many in Phoenix including the former CEOs of Village Voice Media, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two journalists fought Arpaio especially over issues related to immigration and were often in the crosshairs of the sheriff’s department whenever they published news articles he didn’t like.

Arpaio had violated a judge’s order related to immigration that had come after years of hearings in the Maricopa County Court, but upon hearing this President Trump elected to pardon Arpaio.

Larkin and Lacey and their associates remarked that they were disappointed in the president’s decision and that it really showed the flaws in the US justice system. But they had already started the Frontera Fund and they pledged that the foundation would raise even more money to help immigrants with issues affecting their community welfare.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey both dropped out of college because they were making money publishing their Phoenix New Times paper through the Village Voice Media company they had setup. It got started back in the early 1970s when Lacey, a staunch critic of then President Nixon started criticizing his actions in Vietnam and joining in the protesters.

Though the protests were tainted by stories such as the Kent State Massacre, the two men would go on the front lines to get actual action reported in their columns. But the early 1970s were just the beginning as Larkin and Lacey built up their conglomerate.

They discussed a lot of issues concerning politics and events such as the fall of the Soviet Union to the Enron scandal of 2001, but their battle with then Sheriff Arpaio took center stage in the mid-2000s.

A story published about Arpaio’s use of public funds in the department and possibly for personal use angered the sheriff who decided to try and frame the two men to get probable cause to arrest them.

The arrest was unconventional as the deputies didn’t even use official vehicles but actually had secret ones with Mexican plates and dragged them from their homes in the middle of the night.

But though Arpaio thought he might get away with it, the public made their opinion known and the judge presiding over Larkin and Lacey’s case who normally sided with Arpaio ruled this time that the sheriff had overstepped his legal line.

Larkin and Lacey decided to go even further with their wrongful arrest pardon and took Arpaio to court to sue for damages. After about 6 years of hearings, the courts granted Larkin and Lacey $3 million, the amount of which was used to start the Frontera Fund.

This new foundation still operates like a news organization with stories about immigrants and their communities, but it also works with immigration and human rights reform organization and dedicates a lot of money to lobbying for immigration reform policies.

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