A month ago in Arizona, US District Judge Susan Bolton allowed the pardon of Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff in Maricopa County. The pardon was instructed by President Donald Trump.
Mr. Arpaio had been charged with criminal contempt last July. The issue stemmed from disregarding a federal judge’s order in a 2007 lawsuit in racial profiling. Before the sentencing, his pardon came in a few weeks earlier.
Susan Bolton came to a close in the 10-year battle against Arpaio, which also involved the arrest of Phoenix New Times co-owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. During this time, New Times has covered the issues regarding the case and exposed the sheriff and his scandals during his 24 years in Maricopa County. After 10 years of being in jail, Michael Lacey was able to dissect the issues behind Mr. Arpaio.
Michael Lacey was ultimately dismayed by Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio and sided with Rex Tillerson’s opinions about the president.
He feels that the teamwork of the two people is corrupt–he believes that these two people promote racism and torture amongst the minorities. In his long-time fight against Mr. Arpaio, he has shown evidence that there are a lot of corpses and mutilated bodies that came out of the prison where the former sheriff served.
About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
Despite the pardon of Joe Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continue to fight for the rights of the Latino community. Together, they stand for the racism and violence that they have witnessed that the Sheriff Joe Arpaio has committed.
A few years ago, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were detained without consent, and the First Amendment rights towards the pair were not respected by the sheriff. The two have endured a long legal battle, which also caused the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2012. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
They both believe that they were arrested for no apparent reason. The ruling showed that Joe Arpaio ordered the arrest of people who were against him had something to say about his personality and the way he performs his duties.
Fortunately, the Maricopa County was able to provide a $3.75 million payment for their lawsuit against Joe Arpaio. They also formed the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund. This funding is aimed to give grants to migrant-based organizations in Arizona.
Their cause was to protect migrants, most especially the Hispanics and Latinos living in the county as well as the whole state. At present, the funding has helped several organizations against discrimination from law enforcement and by public officers.
Despite the pardon of the president, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund is one of the causes that will continue to fight back against the injustices that the Latino community has faced against law enforcement.
Additionally, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are going back to journalism. Together, their partnership promises that they will continue to fight for the rights of the Hispanic and Latino population, and continue to perform exposes that are aimed to show the truth.
They will be launching a website called Front Page Confidential, which is aimed to protect people’s free speech and their right to the First Amendment.