Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were astute journalists, who found themselves in the wrong side of the law on October 18, 2007. Their crime? An expose on the sheriff’s office of the misdeeds and injustices.
Joe Arpaio known as the “meanest sheriff” has had this animosity with Latinos. He has been known to violate the rights of the Latinos and other immigrant groups.
Arpaio’s mean demeanor and overly intrusive enforcement tactics made him the man you love to hate. Diverse publications wrote on Arpaio’s infamous Tent city and his injustices among women and immigrants, which didn’t go down well with him.
Despite the outcry from the public. Joe Arpaio emboldened his junior employees to continue with racial profiling of the Latinos.
The clamor went on for years. Arpaio got power drunk as he continually abused the office he held as sheriff, where finally the attention of two reporters from the Phoenix News Times was caught.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, that’s how they found themselves on the wrong side of Joe Arpaio and graced separate jails headed by Arpaio. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge
Michael Lacey at the time of his arrest he was the executive editor at the Phoenix New Times. Surprisingly a college drop out in the 1960’s but doubled up with journalistic zeal, he has risen above the ranks at his work place.
Jim Larkin Head of Advertisement and good at his job for that matter, initiated a buyout of a multi dollar conglomerate.
At the time the two indulged in Arpaio’s affairs, no publication was willing to take the risk and cover the horrendous side of the sheriff. The boldness of this two landed them in jail. Arrested in the wee hours of the morning from their homes, these two reporters landed in jail.
Following this all charges were dropped, within a day of their incarceration. Putting an end to the grand jury inquiry which would have taken a longer time. Whereas this was the start of a long battle in court for the First amendment right and abuse of power against the Sherriff Joe Arpaio.
Lacey and Larkin were paid a whooping sum of $3.7 million as damages awarded for their arrest without probable course. In the year 2013 by Maricopa county.
Lacey and Larkin allocated part of the money to the Frontera fund. Frontera fund is an imitative which benefits the Hispanic community that borne the burden of racial animosity and civil rights violation in Arizona. What big hearts our reporters have.
Surprisingly Arpaio found his way in the Oval office in the year 2017 under the Trump administration. Trump awarded pardon to Arpaio, citing his nationalist’s audience who view him as a hero. What irony you would ask?