Larkin and Lacey: Setting an Example When Justice isn’t Served

The article, “The Enduring Sins of Joe Arpaio: Newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Speak Out in Response to Donald Trump’s Pardon of America’s Worst Sheriff” by Stephen Lemons is a great resource for the corrupt story of former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio. The article can be viewed at phenioxnewtimes.com, the online publication of the Arizona newspaper giant Phoenix New Times.

Co-creators of the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are speaking out because of U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s recent decision to uphold President Trump’s pardon of the sheriff. While he may have been pardoned for this crime, the sins of Arpaio are littered throughout his tenure with the Maricopa County Police Department.

The recent pardon became necessary when Arpaio chose to ignore the mandates and sanctions that resulted from the famous court case Melendres V. Arpaio. Arpaio had stood accused of using racial profiling to target members of the population in an effort to detain and deport anyone he thought might not be a U.S. citizen. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://about.me/jim_larkin

He did this through traffic stops and various other methods. Lacey believes that while the pardon from President Trump was upsetting, it was not surprising. He has always known Arpaio to be gifted, politically, and he thinks that Arpaio’s early backing of Trump for president created an allegiance he would need to leverage one day.

Larkin and his business associate Lacey have their own personal history with Arpaio. Since their original founding of the Phoenix New Times they have been devoted to exposing corruption and Arpaio’s sheriff’s department gave them plenty of fodder. From his famous tent city to allegations that he had a pregnant woman shackled to her bed during labor, Arpaio has not cultivated a stellar reputation. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

From the offset he wanted to be known as “America’s toughest sheriff” but in retrospect the only legacy he will leave is that of a tyrant. The run-in with Larkin and Lacey happened after a publication of Arpaio’s address on their online website. They were served with a subpoena for this and chose to share this with their audience. This resulted in their immediate arrest several hours later.

When word spread of their jailing in October of 2007, the public was outraged. They called for their immediate release, which then acting county attorney Andrew Thomas was forced to oblige.

Lacey and Larkin turned around and immediately sued the Maricopa County Police Department for the way that they had been treated and received a settlement of 3.75 million dollars. From the very beginning, Larkin and Lacey knew what they were going to do with the money.

They invested it into a Frontera Fund aimed at helping the migrant population of Arizona with socially conscious programs that would help the former targeted members of society. To this day, the fund continues to work for these people groups in meaningful and astounding ways. It is the hope that even though Arpaio has received this pardon, people will see the good work completed by Larkin and Lacey and follow their amazing example.

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