For 24 years, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio has managed to retain his seat and win the elections six times. But he met his Waterloo in front of the force of truth in the form of the pair of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the formidable human rights activist pair and owner of the newspaper, Village Voice Media.
Mr. Arpaio was a smart politician who enjoyed immense popularity as a leader but kept all his horrific misdeeds against the illegal immigrants well under wraps. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
He set up concentration camps for them where they had to wait for deportment. The camps had an acute shortage of food and water. Apart from it, inhuman torture was inflicted on the innocent immigrants. Larkin and Lacey were the first journalists who dared to investigate these horrific acts of Joe and publish them in their first newspaper, the Phoenix New Times.
Now Joe was an aggressive person who was not only torturous on Hispanics but was also brutal on anyone who dared defy him. Thus, it was inevitable that Lacey and Larkin would come under the radar of Joe, especially as they continued to muck-rack him and write against him with no trace of fear.
It happened multiple times which got Joe extremely frustrated and angry. Finally, Joe got them arrested, sent them each to separate jails and gave them a taste of the torture that he showered on the Hispanics.
However, the arrest warrants were forged, and the two were immensely popular public figures. Hence he could not detain them for more than 24 hours. Post-release, Lacey, and Larkin filed a case of wrongful arrest against Joe. The case gained plenty of public attention. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
The incident happened about 10years ago. While the case was being contested, many of Joe’s horrific deeds were brought in the limelight.
His malpractices and corruption started getting exposed, and he was forced to give $3.7 million as a settlement to the pair. Judge Susan R. Bolton sentenced him to six months of imprisonment for charges of contempt of court. Joe was of 85 years at that time.
However, the incident was brought back into the limelight with President Trump granting a presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio. Nevertheless, the crusade of Larkin and Lacey continues unhindered and fearless. They used the money to set up a foundation, the Frontera Fund which helps the Hispanics in the city of Arizona to fight against all the injustice meted out to them.
The fund has proven its worth today in effectively fighting back against the rhetoric of Arpaio. It is because of this fantastic and brave pair that Arpaio heinous acts have been forced to come to a stop and his horrific intentions can no longer be realized.
As more and more people are becoming aware of Joe’s misdeeds, the movement against Joe’s agenda is gaining momentum. Presently, Larkin and Lacey are launching the website, the Front Page Confidential which is taking up the fight of threats to free speech and the First Amendment.