A recent article on the Phoenix New Times website discusses the President’s recent decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Phoenix new Times and Arpaio have a long history. The co-creators and former owners of the newspaper, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been reporting on Arpaio’s office for years. They even had their own run-in with Arpaio in 2007.
It turns out that the newspaper men shared sensitive information about a grand jury hearing that they had been summoned to and were arrested. This was in violation of their human rights and they were released quickly.
This was not before enough damage had been done that Larkin and Lacey were able to file a lawsuit. The men received $3.75 million for the wrongful arrest and used it to establish the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
This fund was specifically created to help support socially conscious programs aimed at the immigrant population of the state of Arizona.
Lacey and Larkin had seen how the Maricopa County Police Department had treated the migrant population in Arizona. In fact, their treatment of this population was the subject of a class action lawsuit filed in 2007 against the county.
Individuals were being held and detained because of the way that they looked. Arpaio’s office was also conducting illegal searches and massive racial profiling. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_
Lacey and Larkin had had enough of that and they wanted to support this population. The money goes into job-training, housing, and educating people within this population about their legal rights.
The whole reason that Arpaio was in such need of a pardon is that he had ignored the rulings of that class-action lawsuit. He continued his behavior and did not adequately report to his court monitor. This letter judge to find him in contempt of court and he was charged.
Lacey believes that Arpaio knew he may get in trouble in the future, which is why he started growing a relationship with the future President Donald Trump. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook
Even Lacey is willing to admit that Arpaio is a political animal, he was able to maneuver three steps ahead of the current situation in order to save himself. It is because of this prowess that he will never serve a day in jail, even if he has earned it.
While Arpaio may never serve a day in one of his famous “tent cities”, he will go down in history as one of the worst Sheriffs the United States has ever seen. His actions have also encouraged others to do good, for example, Lacey and Larkin’s fund, in the wake of his corruption.
Lacey and Larkin saw a chance to give back, and rather than sit back and be upset over the pardon they are pushing even harder for the rights of this group of people. No matter who they are Lacey and Larkin have proven that everyone deserves respect and dignity. There is no doubt that their fund will continue to touch lives for many years to come.