Joe Arpaio Is Free Despite His False Arrest Of Michael Lacey And Jim Larkin
The previous sheriff of Maricopa County was Joe Arpaio and he has been pardoned by President Donald Trump. Arpaio was convicted for ignoring the order of a federal judge and pardoned before sentencing. Ten years previously he was responsible for the false arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
These men owned the Phoenix New Times and told the truth regarding the reprehensible actions of the sheriff and exposed numerous scandals. They were removed from their homes in the dead of night and taken to jail in unmarked vehicles.
The charges were dropped and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released within 24 hours. They sued Maricopa County and eventually received a settlement for $3.75 million. The pair used the money to create the Frontera Fund. They began fighting for the civil rights of the Mexican migrant workers so badly abused due to the bigotry of Arpaio. The Frontera Fund works with many nonprofit organizations to help the migrant workers.
Michael Lacey described the conditions during the six terms Arpaio was in office. He spoke of the brutal conditions in the jails, the deaths by beatings and the suicides. Arpaio diverted in excess of $100 million meant for the jails.
There were sex crimes involving children, harassment of Latinos and nonexistent investigations. The final result was the conviction of Joe Arpaio. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin believe the justice system failed because Arpaio was never held accountable for the prisoners killed, tortured and abused.
The New Times revealed corruption and sadism including a tent city Arpaio opened in 1993. The temperatures during the summer reached 135 degrees. Inmates were beaten and expectant mothers gave birth shackled to their beds. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/about/ and http://james-larkin.com/press/
A woman died in a coma when she was not given her medication, a veteran died in a riot and several suffocated after confined to restraint chairs. Arpaio had his deputies gather the Latinos to determine if they could be deported. The conflict between Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin and the sheriff escalated until he had them arrested.
The response of the public to the arrest was ferocious. Statements were issued by the newspapers that they stood with the New Times and they stated this was the only place for the friends of freedom. In 2013 a United States District judge ruled Arpaio was guilty of massive racial profiling.
Reforms were ordered and a monitor appointed to ensure they were followed. The same year Arpaio was found guilty of disregarding the order. Were it not for the intervention of Trump, Arpaio would have been behind bars. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook
Many people are wondering if the reason Arpaio endorsed the presidency campaign for Donald Trump was because he knew he was reaching the end of the line. His endorsement came during a period where most people were mocking Trump’s bid for office.
Today Joe Arpaio is free because of the actions of President Trump. This free man called Mexicans dirty and considered it an honor to be referred to as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.