Some of the worst injustices that involved violation of human rights recently happened in the state of Arizona. The violations were administered over by the Former Sheriff of Maricopa County- Joe Arpaio.
He is the most notorious sheriff of the United States in the recent past. His actions of discriminating the Latinos who were in the country illegally was one of the worst cases ever. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
The worst part about it is that despite all the crimes he committed against immigrants, he has never had to answer charges of committing the crimes. Any attempt made to charge him is thwarted by the government agencies mandated to push charges against him.
He recently earned a pardon from the highest office in the currently – the presidency. President Trump saw nothing he had committed and decided to pardon him.
Joe Arpaio is now a free man after the pardon even after two decades of using an iron fist rule to govern the county. Arpaio who served as the Sheriff for six terms is seen to have used the anti-immigration campaigns to win the sit on the Sheriff numerous times.
He won the hearts of the majority conservatives in the county thereby securing his win since 1992. He was defeated for the first time in 2017. It seemed like the much-awaited fall of Arpaio had finally arrived by President Trump was to save the day for the 85 years old former drugs enforcement officer.
In his term as the Sheriff, he oversaw mistreatment of immigrants through torture and even killing of immigrants, in his popular concentration camps such as the Tent City, he made the lives of the immigrants unbearable.
The concentration camps lacked a supply of basic human needs such as food and water. Temperatures in the camps would rise to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the worst things to ever occur to the immigrants.
Lacey and Larkin took note of the crimes that Arpaio was committing and decided to challenge him. They investigated his actions and published them through the Phoenix News Media outlet which they owned.
His actions became clear to everyone in the country. He was angered by the action of the two journalists to expose him and started a ploy to have them arrested. In October 2007, the two journalists were arrested and taken behind bars in the concentration camps owned by Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
They were later released the following day after a huge outcry from the media channels in the country. Larkin and Lacey did not take the case lying down. They took him to court where the county was charged $3.75 million as compensation for crimes committed on them.
In April 2018. Lacey and Larkin were arrested again. This time, it seems like the government of President Trump is out to finish them by pressing for money laundering charges against the journalists for running a website known as Backpage.com.
They had already sold the website in 2017, and the arrest comes on the backdrop of another website they launched in 2017 known as “Front Page Confidential.”