When Jim Larkin and Michel Lacey heard out that president trump had pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the blatant violation of court orders as set out by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow they were not only angry but consider a conspiracy by two corrupt men to divert the wheels of justice.
Micheal and Jim have been some of the most vocal critics of the sheriff since he began his system that involved the systematic racial profiling of Hispanics.
The sheriff approached immigration as his problem and duty to deal with, and he dealt with it based on his own rules and laws. The sheriff and his officers would not shy away from arresting and detaining anyone who did not look like them, and this was solely based on how they looked.
The sheriff would, therefore, be very irked when the phoenix new times under the leadership of its former owners Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The paper continuously reported on the illegal acts that the sheriff engaged in and this did not sit well with the sheriff.
The jails that the sheriff held detainees were full of inmate deaths and suicides, sexual crimes as well as the illegal diversion of over one hundred million dollars of jail money. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
The sheriff had also established a tent jail that was meant to deal with the problem of overcrowding but would end up creating more problems than those it would solve.The jails were known for detainee beatings and temperatures that would get to 135 degrees during summer.
The sheriff had little or no regard for this inmates as it would be reflected in the case of a woman who slipped into a coma after allegedly being denied her medication despite clearly indicating that she had diabetes. This would also be followed by the death of another inmate this time a veteran who was allegedly beaten to death in what the sheriff described as a jail riot.
The little regard for human life was one of the main focuses of Jim and Michael in trying to report to Americans what was happening under his reign as sheriff.
The Phoenix new times in 2004 had published an investigative article on Sheriff Joe Arpaio dealings, the article reported on the sheriff’s real estate holdings that amounted to over 700 thousand for a public officer who earned an average off 78000 annually.This would be one of the most damning reports on the sheriff, and from that point, he would mark the publication and its journalists.
The reporting continued, and when the sheriff would take the reports on him no longer, he instigated the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two were arrested in the middle of the night by plainclothes officers from the sheriff’s department.
The outcry that followed would see the sheriff release them and drop the charges that he had brought up. Jim and Michael could not take this violation of there fundamental rights lying down, and they would sue the sheriff and the entire office. The court battle that followed would see the sheriff lose and see the county pay them 3.75 million dollars.