The events surrounding the pardon of Joe Arpaio are enough to make anyone’s blood boil. “The Enduring Sin of Joe Arpaio: Newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Speak out in Response to Donald Trump’s Pardon of America’s Worst Sheriff”, an article located on phoenixnewtimes.com, discusses the reaction of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to that recent decision to pardon Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
On a national scale, Arpaio has never been well-liked. In fact, for most of his career, he has been notorious as “America’s worst Sheriff”. Arpaio originally wanted to be known as “America’s toughest sheriff”, but his greed and brutality quickly showed his true colors.
Founders of the Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have had a difficult history with Arpaio. Somehow though, Lacey knew that Arpaio would never serve a day in jail. His list of crimes and corruptions is very long. He believed that there was no way that he had not secured his own freedom in the case that he was ever called on any of his crimes.
Arpaio found that freedom when current President Donald Trump pardoned him. Lacey believes that this move was calculated when Arpaio through early support behind Donald Trump at the beginning of his campaign.
It was almost as if Arpaio knew that he might need an out. He found one with Trump and now he is a free man.
Larkin and Lacey are particularly disgusted that Arpaio will never serve a day in jail because of their own personal history with him. He is well known for his disregard of human rights and his mistreatment of inmates under his care.
Not only have Larkin and Lacey witnessed years of blatant racism directed at the Latino population of Arizona, but they have also been unlawfully jailed by Arpaio themselves for publishing information in their newspaper. While they filed a lawsuit and received $3.7 million in restitution, they never saw Arpaio adequately answer for his crimes.
When it did appear as though Arpaio was going to have to answer for some of the things that he had done after failing to comply with the ruling of Melendres v. Arpaio, a class action lawsuit against the Maricopa County Police Department for blatant racism, they were overjoyed. Unfortunately, the US district judge Susan R Bolton has chosen to uphold the pardon.
Larkin and Lacey cannot control the fact that Arpaio was pardoned, what they can do is support the community of Arizona despite him. With their award, they have chosen to set up the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.
This fund will work tirelessly to provide relief in a state that has been truly devastated by Arpaio and his corruption. Instead of ostracizing the illegal immigrant population, Larkin and Lacey have chosen to embrace them with open arms.
Their fund is specifically aimed at programs that work to protect the human rights of people within this group.
Various programs funded through them will work to provide migrants with legal consultations, housing opportunities, job training, and even education programs.