The Saga Of Larkin And Lacey Vs. Joe Arpaio Continues

When you are one of the most notorious criminals in Maricopa County, Arizona, don’t worry — you just might get off with a pardon from the President of the United States.

That’s what happened to convicted felon Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County.

It sounds like the set up for a Hollywood movie, but all of this really happened. Sheriff Arpaio was once known as the “America’s toughest sheriff.”

He gained national fame by way of brutal police tactics directed against a group of powerless and vulnerable people — undocumented immigrants.

Even Sheriff Arpaio finally went too far, however. His rampant racial profiling and other methods of flouting federal law landed him a conviction for criminal contempt of court. But because he had been victimizing one of President Trump’s least favorite groups — immigrants — Arpaio was pardoned by the President. Read more: Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

It was not the first time Sheriff Arpaio had abused his office and the Constitution of the United States.

Back in 2007 he ordered the arrest of two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two men at the time were the owners of Village Voice Media. Their flagship operation was the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly newspaper.

It was articles in the Phoenix New Times that raised the ire of Sheriff Arpaio. Lacey and Larkin had been dogging the out-of-control cop for years with story after story detailing his abuse of Latino and Hispanic people. Arpaio sent a squad of plainclothes detective to arrest Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin in the middle of the night from their Phoenix homes.

It proved to be another of Sheriff Arapio’s major mistakes. It ended up costing his employer, the taxpayers of Maricopa County, $3.7 million after the two newsmen sued the county for false arrest and violation of their 1st Amendment rights.

It was yet another chapter in the long saga of two irrepressible media men going up against the sanctioned law enforcement arm of the state. The battle of Larkin and Lacey against Sheriff Joe Arpaio is already the stuff of legend — but the story continues.

Arpaio, fresh off his pardon, is now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona while Larkin and Lacey have left the news business.

They recently sold their interest in Village Voice Media but continue to be a thorn in the side of Arpaio in other ways — including through the establishment of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund — a powerful advocacy organization for undocumented immigrants funded with the $3.7 million gained from suing Maricopa County.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/

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