In times of unrest and turmoil, we often see people coming together for the same cause. Such is the story of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two media executives who were wrongly accused, arrested, detained and victimised by Joe Arpaio.
While the constitution of the United States of America, protects its citizens’ rights and grants them freedom of speech, Joe Arpaio did not think this was needed. He blatantly denied these two media journalists their civil rights as they have recently created a cover piece article in the Phoenix New Times publication.
Joe Arpaio was known for committing many misdeeds in his career as Maricopa town’s sheriff. While most people were only aware of the horrific racial profiling, discrimination and segregation based acts he had committed, after the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the world soon understood that the sheriff was also a master at getting vengeance against people who dint nod in agreement at his every demand. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
Fortunately for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, justice did come to their rescue, and 24 hours after they were arrested, they were let go. Their arrest led to an acquittal not because Joe Arpaio finally understood the error of his ways; it was because of a nation-wide demand that these innocent media executives get justice sooner rather than later.
One would imagine that being the victims to such senseless acts of cruelty, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would admit defeat and cower for their lives.
Hiding from the world, however; was not the fate of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey as they emerged stronger and all the more dedicated to getting justice not only for themselves but also for the Latino community that was constantly being tormented by Joe Arpaio.
A legal battle soon took place between Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey versus the Maricopa County. In 2013, the Maricopa County was ordered by an appellate court judge to give Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey a settlement of $3.7 Million for the suffering they had endured due to the actions of the sheriff.
As one united force of good, together, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded the Frontera Fund with the settlement amount the received from the tiring legal battle. This Fund was wholly dedicated to undoing the harm done by Joe Arpaio and his kind while preventing further crimes being committed on the Hispanic Community living in Arizona.
Does the story end here and did Joe Arpaio get his just desserts? Unfortunately not, but this was the very beginning of a revolution. While most people believed with conviction that Joe Arpaio would finally and rightfully get his comeuppance for victimising Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, an unexpected incident occurred that left many people stunned in disbelief.
Known to be a supporter of President Donald Trump, Joe Arpaio, once again dodged a bullet when the President granted him a pardon. While this disappointed many people in more levels that can be imagined, this release did not in any way dissuade Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey from continuing their fight against injustice.
With the Frontera Fund, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey continue to do as much as good as possible and as quickly as they can.