Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two Phoenix journalists on a mission. That mission? To see former sheriff Joe Arpaio placed behind bars for his crimes against migrants and his disgusting racial profiling practices.
Last year, they got close enough to taste victory, with Arpaio convicted for criminal contempt of court, and sentencing only weeks away.
However, it was at this time that President Donald Trump officially pardoned Arpaio, sparing him the cell. After blatantly ignoring court orders, stringently flouting the rights of migrants, and ordering the illegal arrest of Larkin and Lacey, Arpaio will not be served justice.
A Criminal Walks the Streets
Arpaio has had a long history of struggle with the law. He’s no stranger to controversy either, openly flaunting his hate for immigrants, and his distaste for what he calls “dirty” Mexicans. However, he’s also no stranger to the president, in fact, he’s been one of Trump’s closest allies since before he had even taken the GOP nomination.
This has served him well and netted him a reprieve from justice after his long feud with Larkin and Lacey. For years, Larkin and Lacey had uncovered the horrifying deeds of Arpaio, from prison camps that Arpaio himself compared to concentration camps to the creation of gangs to round up immigrants. Arpaio certainly knew how to skirt the law.
But Arpaio also knew politics, and this served him far better than his transgressions ever did. From his initial endorsement of Trump and his sudden adoption of racist and violent philosophies, Arpaio earned the admiration of the far right and the protection of the president. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
He couldn’t be touched, and he knew it. While he did lose out on his seventh term, he’ll walk a free man, and he may never have to answer for his crimes. But Larkin and Lacey aren’t a pair to give up the fight, and they will keep going until he’s behind bars.
Arpaio Earns Two Lifelong Enemies
The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America has often had his repulsive deeds laid bare by Larkin and Lacey via their paper, the Phoenix New Times. So it was only a matter of time until, like an enraged bulldog, he clamped down on their necks.
In 2007, during the dead of night, he sent his gangs to the homes of Larkin and Lacey, stuffing them into the back of unmarked vans with Mexican plates, and smuggling them into Arpaio’s infamous jails.
However, this attempt to silence his critics got out and Arpaio came under relentless fire from the media as well as the public, forcing him to release the two journalists less than a day later.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
After the abhorrent abuse of power Arpaio displayed with the arrest, Larkin and Lacey filed suit, and, after several years, walked away with a $3.75 million settlement.
The pair used the settlement to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, a nonprofit solely dedicated to providing grants for organizations which protect human and migrant rights throughout the state of Arizona.
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