When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists, began to investigate Joe Arpaio and his illegal actions as Sheriff of Maricopa County, the last thing they expect was for the sheriff to send his deputies to their homes to arrest them.
After all, that would be in violation of the first amendment of The Constitution right? That’s exactly what happened;however, when Arpaio sent his officers in unmarked SUVs with Mexican license plates to pull Lacey and Larkin out of their homes.
The hundreds of victims of Arpaio applauded when they heard that Arpaio was finally charged with a crime. Arpaio wasn’t charged with homicide, or enacting unlawful punishments. Arpaio wasn’t even charged with violating the first amendment. The only charge that prosecutors could stick to him was criminal contempt of court. When he was convicted in the Summer of 2017, everyone believe their trials and tribulations with Arpaio were complete. Donald Trump announced, just before sentencing, that he was pardoning the corrupt former sheriff.
Now victims of Arpaio are livid.
“This is the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” said Lacey, one half of the journalist duo that once owned the “Phoenix New Times.” “This is a sheriff who advertised torture and racism.” Lacey added.
Jim Larkin attributed their journalistic efforts to the reason Arpaio decided to violate the constitution. “We were a constant thorn in his said,” Larkin said. “I thin that’s why Michael and I got arrested.”
Larkin concluded. No matter the reason Arpaio had, nothing justifies trying to silence the press.
Some would say that these actions by Arpaio are exactly what Trump likes to see in a politician. Trump, since his presidency began, has been trying to silence the press. Despite Trump’s apparent love for Arpaio, Lacey says the main reason he pardoned Arpaio was to satisfy his dwindling fan-base.
After being hauled from their homes in October of 2007, the two were promptly released. The duo then decided to file a lawsuit against the county. They won a $3.75 million lawsuit.
With the cash, Lacey and Larkin decided to give back to the community they are a part of. Recognizing that Arpaio’s main targets were Hispanics and Hispanic-Americans, Lacey and Larkin created a fundraising effort to assist the people in need in Arizona.
The name of the organization is The Frontera Fund and since its creation has funded dozens of charities including, ACLU of Arizona, 1070, and Can The Border Divide Us?
Of course, The Frontera Fund wasn’t the only organization formed post-settlement. After selling their publication Phoenix New Times, they needed a new paper to speak to their readers. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Their new paper, Front Page Confidential is all about politics and politic wrongdoings. Lacey and Larkin are working to inform readers on politics to enable them to make wise decisions at the voting booth.