The recent controversial presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio by president Trump has caused social discussions since Joe is known for his bad reputation. Among his despicable acts include the wrongful detention of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey of the Village Voice Owners.
Ten years ago, Joe Arpaio ordered the arrest and imprisonment of Jim and Lacey. Joe charged the duo with disclosing of information on a grand jury investigation. Lacey is the CEO of the Village Voice Media while Larkin serves as the executive editor of the same newspaper. Larkin and Lacey published a story on the probe of the grand jury.
Arpaio was overly annoyed by the alarming daily publications of his distressing and aggressive law enforcement techniques since his initiation to sheriff’s department. His outrageous behaviors and orders against women and mainly the immigrants were discussed various times on different platforms.
Since his inauguration to the office, he was advised severally on what was accepted and what was not. He was warned by United States District Judge Murray Snow against detaining immigrants due to suspicion without evidence and that it was against the constitutional rules.
In most cases, Arpaio’s scandals were handled behind closed doors until 2011, when the cases were put on the public domain when Arpaio was charged with violation of the rights of immigrants and Latinos. The lawsuit that was filed exposed the inhuman conditions that the immigrants were subjected to at the hands of Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Despite a lawsuit filed against his behavior, Joe continued with his duties, completely ignoring the charges and encouraging his team to continue racial discrimination against Latinos. He kept giving his heinous orders until the public outcry caught the attention of reporters.
This was when Larkin and Lacey started to expose Arpaio’s abuse of office and misuse of power to the public. They wrote on numerous occasions, and as a result, they were arrested by a special prosecution team.
During their publications, there was hardly any other newspaper that covered Arpaio case, but later more newspapers started reporting articles and different reports from Larkin and Lacey original work. Arpaio’s scandals were exposed to a national level where every media was discussing his inhuman acts.
Larkin and Lacey were detained for 24 days, and after their release, they filed a case against Arpaio which was settled for $ 3.7 million.
Arpaio got presidential pardon since he campaigned for Trump and endorsed him at an early stage when almost everyone was against trumps presidential campaign. Trump hinted that he was going to release him in one of his speeches, this was meant to attract voter base and work in Trump’s favor to those who see Arpaio as their hero.
Larkin and Lacey are the founders of Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund; a foundation that is meant to benefit the Hispanic community and offers supports to groups that fight for human rights, civil rights, and immigrants’ rights. They also advocate for freedom of speech without intimidation. The foundation also supports activists who fight against the excessive use of power and police brutality by the government.