Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not a man whose legacy of brutality would be forgotten shortly. Since his inauguration back in 1992, Arpaio and his administration had remained rogue and scoundrel to the immigrants’ groups which mainly consisted of the Latinos and Hispanics.
The two groups had faced discrimination under the leadership of the sheriff and had no one to come to their rescue. Everyone including the big media houses was afraid of speaking out against the unfair treatment and misdeeds that Arpaio and his officers showed to the immigrants.
It was not surprising to see an immigrant arrested and jailed for no good reason, which had become the norm in the county.
However, two brave journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, felt that the mistreatment of these groups by the administration had become extreme. So they decided to write about the issue in one of their publications regardless of what could happen to them.
There was also a Grand Jury that had been illegally formed by Sheriff Arpaio, which used to investigate and perform extra-judicial executions to the marginalized communities. This had angered the duo and decided that they could hold it no more. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge
What followed the publication was a heavy intrusion into their homes in the same night by heavily armed policemen. They had been ordered by Arpaio to arrest Larkin and Lacey with immediate effect.
So when they got into their homes, they broke into their houses, abducted them and dragged them to the police cells where they were locked.
They were heavily guarded by Arpaio’s security officers, awaiting the following day when they could be executed. In the morning, news spread like a bushfire that the two journalists, who for quite some time had acted as the voices of the communities had been incarcerated.
The public was angry at the act and so to demonstrate their anger, they went onto the streets demanding that Jim Larkin and Lacey Michael could be released. The outcry overwhelmed the administration of Arpaio, and so they ordered that the two got released.
However, after the release, Larkin and Michael Lacey were so determined to ensure that the sheriff never did the same to other people. To teach him this lesson, they filed a legal case suing the sheriff and his administration for the inhumane treatment they had shown to them.
The battle took a long while in court but eventually, the court of appeal ruled that it was illegal to arrest the duo without any reasonable cause. The court, therefore, ordered that Jim and Lacey get paid a total of $3.5 million as restitution by Maricopa County.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:
http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/the-enduring-sins-of-joe-arpaio-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-speak-out-in-response-to-trumps-pardon-of-americas-worst-sheriff/