Just over ten years ago, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were embroiled in a bitter dispute regarding their public portrayal of the controversial former sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Tensions would eventually rise to an unexpected level, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio, upset with an article released by Larkin and Lacey earlier in the day, decided to have them arrested at their homes.
Sending his Selective Enforcement Unit in unmarked vehicles, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were removed from their homes and placed in the custody of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Read more: Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Throughout Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s tenure, his resume accrued a number of inhumane offenses, including, most notably, his jail, which local residents referred to as “tent city.” Prior to 2011, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department garnered a reputation for their unlawful policing efforts, and because of this, Joe Arpaio received several reprimands, which largely went ignored by him and his officers.
Despite the sparse coverage of Joe Arpaio’s crimes, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to prioritize the issues surrounding his practices, shedding light on these issues on a national stage. After their arrests, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would spend less than twenty-four hours imprisoned, with the district attorney refusing to follow up on the charges levied against them. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
Upon release, the founders of the Phoenix New Times would take their battle to court, sparking a suit that would last three years, ending with them being given a $3.75 million settlement. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would use these monies to launch the Frontera Fund, which, since its inception, has dedicated its resources to protecting the First Amendment rights of the Latino community in which Joe Arpaio and his deputies wreaked havoc.
Today, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s Frontera Fund stands at the forefront of the human rights movement in the Phoenix, AZ area, often collaborating with other entities in order to further their cause.
Despite the public record of the many crimes committed under the watch of former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, he was recently pardoned by President Donald Trump, canceling any possibility of the fallen official, serving any prison time.
While many citizens of the Maricopa Country area were outraged at the decision, the makings of the pardon were created during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as he publicly supported the billionaire during a time when his victory was widely viewed to be a longshot.