Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the founders of Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This is an organization they started after the courts granted them a $3.75 million settlement for violation of their rights in the hands of Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been arrested in October 2007 for publishing a story on a case that touched on the Joe Arpaio.
The arrest came after a few years of witch-hunt from the country sheriff. Lacey and Larkin through their media channel Phoenix New Times had been exposing some of the crimes Joe Arpaio was committing in the course of performing his duties. The investigations on the Sheriff revealed horrible stories behind the sheriff with good political acumen.
Although he had managed to win the county seats for seven times, he was responsible for grave violations of the rights of the immigrants in the country. Any immigrant who was found in the county illegally was put in a concentration camp before deportation. The concentration camps were disastrous. The living conditions were nothing near anything humane. There were cases of torture in these camps as well as deaths.
Lacey and Larkin exposed Joe Arpaio as being behind all these injustices. Officers who were conducting these crimes were under instructions from his office. At some point, he sent out his officers to all corners of the county looking for illegal immigrants. Anyone found living in the county illegally was deported. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who suffered arrest under the same sheriff describe him as a rogue officer who needs to face prosecution for the crimes he committed while in office. It is unimaginable that such a person can be allowed to live freely while some victims of his actions are lying underneath, dead from torture meted out to them for being in the country illegally.
One of Arpaio friends and the attorney for the county argued that although immigrants are in the country illegally, there is no reason why someone would take action as Arpaio did. It is simply not acceptable. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook
He added that being an immigrant is not a crime. “No single person should be put behind bars for living in a country illegally;” he said. So, right from the words of the attorney of Maricopa, the actions of Joe Arpaio can be considered illegal.
Ten years later the arrest of Lacey and Larkin, something has happened that has both of them talking about these cases again. The president of the United States has pardoned Joe Arpaio, and the courts have approved the pardon. Michael Lacey is disturbed by this action. To him, it is impossible to think that someone who had committed such grave crimes would be let to walk freely as if he had done nothing. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
Lacey and Larkin accuse Trump of trying to get his administration some credit from the nationalists who have for a long time believed in the actions of Joe Arpaio. However, there is nothing he is earning from such action. His approval ratings are already down to 30%, one of the worst in the history of America presidents.