Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin’s Clash with Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio, the most recent person to receive a presidential pardon, is the ex-sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
This presidential pardon issued by President Donald J. Trump ignited a national discourse as Joe Arpaio is quite a controversial figure, who is otherwise known as “America’s toughest sheriff” for his treatment of the inmates in his charge and for the creation of a “Tent City” to house them.
Joe Arpaio has also in a sense led a crusade against the Latino community, detaining a large number of its member on the basis of mere suspicion of being an unlawful immigrant. The offense for which President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio was contempt of court, which carries with it a maximum penalty of six months of incarceration in prison. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Joe Arpaio earned his pardon from President Trump by being a vocal supporter of the latter’s campaign for the presidency of the United States.
Joe Arpaio’s excesses are not confined to members of the Latino community nor to immigrants of other ethnicities, however. Two U. S. citizens have also been the victims of Joe Arpaio’s excesses.
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin took issue with how the members of the Latino community in particular and immigrants in general were treated by the Maricopa County sheriff at the behest of Joe Arpaio and took it upon themselves to expose the excesses of Joe Arpaio in the Village Voice Media newspaper, of which they are the executive editor and Chief Executive Officer, respectively.
These efforts by Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin triggered the media at large to also report on the excesses of Joe Arpaio, causing the latter severe frustration, who created a special prosecution to investigate the two in retaliation for their unfavorable efforts.
This ultimately led to the unjustifiable arrest of Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin in the nighttime while they were in the sanctity of their respective houses. Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin were forced to spend time behind bars for 24 days before they could return to their families and homes.
This unjustifiable arrest of Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin and their subsequent incarceration proved to be extremely costly for Joe Arpaio, however, when the two filed suit against Joe Arpaio, who settled for $3.7 million.
This settlement money allowed Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin to start a crusade of their own against Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin used part of the settlement money to fund the creation of the Frontera Fund whose purpose is to protect the First Amendments rights of Latinos and other immigrants.