What has the world come to? Cruel Racist men are pardoned and allowed to do as they please while innocent civilians and immigrants are arrested, beaten and murdered without cause.
These are the experiences of Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey and their encounter with the tyrant Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is a man who publically announced his agreement with President Trumps anti-immigrant policies, which has gained him favor in Washington.
In 2017, Arpaio faced a lawsuit in the Melendres V. Arpaio case, but before any sentence could be passed Joe was given a Presidential Pardon and went free. For decades Arpaio used his power and authority to terrorize the Maricopa community and abuse the freedoms of its residents including Jim and Mike.
On a quiet evening in October of 2007, Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were forcefully removed from their homes and arrested without cause by the county Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, because he had a personal grudge against the pair.
Mike and Jim had been publishing horrifying true stories about the behavior of Arpaio and his handpicked posse called the Selective Enforcement Unit. Arpaio had been detaining and beating immigrants without cause, some inmates are known to have died under Arpaio’s watch.
Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were working for the Village Voice Media and one of its publications The Local Phoenix Times. Jim was the CEO and Mike the Executive Editor at the time. Joe Arpaio was elected to the position of Sheriff six consecutive times due to his authoritative power and influence by means of fear and corruption.
The ones who did standup to Arpaio like Jim and Mike were arrested in the night. Jim and Mike were freed within 24 hours, because Arpaio didn’t have any cause or evidence to detain them, but the experience led Jim and Mike on a long law suit that lasted over five years.
Jim and Mike were so horrified by Joe Arpaio’s treatment of immigrants and prison inmates that they used most of the settlement money to start the Frontera Fund.
The Frontera Fund helps and educates immigrants on their civil rights and freedoms when they enter the United States. This will prevent people from taking advantage of immigrants or unlawfully arresting them. Although, Arpaio is no longer Sheriff the President has pardoned him, but Jim and Mike are still speaking up against the evil man.
Mike Lacey stated that the President pardoned Arpaio to strengthen his anti-immigrant policies. Arpaio has blatantly violated the United States Constitution and abused his power as Sheriff for decades. This is a man who was pleased to be called a member of the Klu Klux Klan.
Hopefully with Jim and Mike’s organization no one will be able to do what Arpaio did during his reign as Sheriff. The law enforcement of the United States is supposed to protect the freedoms of everyone and uphold the rights dictated in the Constitution.
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