Lacey and Larkin Fight for Those Who Cannot Speak Up

One of the evilest men I have ever heard about it Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. This vindictive man truly spreads evil and darkness wherever he goes.

The worst part is that he believes that the law and righteousness are on his side. I am grateful to men like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who have unearthed the evils he is doing and exposed them to the world that we may get justice.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has continued to terrorize the Hispanic population in Maricopa County for years. One of the evilest things that he has done is to create jail cells in his prisons that he contaminates with disease so that when the Hispanics are put in there, they will become sick.

The reason for this is evil is that underneath Arizona law once an illegal immigrant is detained they lose any rights to go to the hospital. He hoped that they would become sick so he could deny them medical attention so that they would die.

One of the most heartbreaking stories I read was of a pregnant woman who requested to see a doctor but Sheriff Arpaio denied her that right, and she lost the baby. To make matters worse, Sheriff Arpaio denied her the right to see the baby before its funeral. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

He also raided a Hispanic home one time that he believed to be a drug and weapon cache. However, when he went through, he realized that he was wrong. Most people would just apologize and move on but not Sheriff Arpaio. Instead, he lit the house on fire and burn everything they had accumulated the ground.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin saw these atrocities and began to report them through several media channels such as Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times.

Sheriff Arpaio would continue his fascist ways by breaking into the home of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Under the threat of being sent to one of his jail cells, he demanded that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin turn over all evidence to him. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter

These brave men refused to be intimidated, and they stood for what is right. Sheriff Arpaio took them the jail but soon the national news heard of this and the pressure was so great they had to be released.

They would end up suing the Maricopa County and using the money to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund.

 

Two Arizona Journalists Stand Up Against Joe Arpaio – Create New Entities to Assist with Battle.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have created The Frontera Fund as a way to give back to their local community. After a $3.75 million dollar lawsuit, they have decided to use the money to improve the lives of countless individuals. The lawsuit and the Fund are a result of Joe Arpaio’s illegal actions during his time as Sheriff of Maricopa County.

 

Who is Joe Arpaio?

For 24 years Joe Arpaio was the Sheriff of Maricopa County. Arpaio is known for his notoriety and infamy. During his time as sheriff he terrorized Maricopa County with his unjust policing techniques. He ordered his deputies to abuse prisoners, target immigrants, and generally use brutal tactics to carry out their jobs. In 2007, he arrested three individuals that resulted in Maricopa County paying out over 70 million dollars in restitutions.

He illegally arrested a Mexican citizen. This incident led to criminal charges being filed against Joe Arpaio. A few months before Arpaio was about to answer for his crimes, Donald Trump pardoned him.

The other two individuals that Arpaio illegally arrested in 2007 was Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They were merely doing their job at the Phoenix New Times when Joe Arpaio arrested them. Lacey and Larkin were arrested due to exposing Joe Arpaio in their paper. Joe Arpaio violated their first amendment rights by arresting them for their journalism.

 

The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential

The Frontera Fund focuses a majority of its efforts on the Hispanic community. Frontera Fund helps Hispanics because Joe Arpaio targeted them for so many years.

Front Page Confidential is their new outlet to communicate with their readers. They have sold the Phoenix New Times in favor of their new publication. The paper was created a month after Joe Arpaio was pardoned. It publishes content that intends to keep corrupt politicians out of office.