Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have spoken out after president Trump pardon former sheriff Arpaio. They have described how corruption scandals were organized and executed in the county offices. The two journalist have expressed their disappointment on the president’s move to pardon Arpaio. They have to Arpaio as a criminal of justice who violated several human rights.
Larkin and Lacey founded Phoenix New Times so that they can use it to enlighten the public about the truth of what is happening in their state. They have expressed their concern after Judge Susan Bolton uphold the president’s pardon. The crimes that Arpaio is still fresh in the minds of many people despite the pardon that he been given.
Arpaio had also been accused of racial profiling in the lawsuit that was termed as Melendres V. Arpaio. He was involved in the deportation of all the people who were non-citizens. The deportation was based on racial discrimination. He had ignored the court summons several times.
Michael Lacey expressed that the pardon was disappointing but not a surprise. He knew that Arpaio had a strong political connection and he would be shielded from being sentenced. Arpaio played a key role in support of Trump campaign.
His loyalty to the president paved the way for his pardon. Lacey claimed that justice did not respond fairly to the treatment of Arpaio. He should have remained behind bars for many years,
Larkin and Lacey are victims of Arpaio vengeful acts. They were involved in exposing corruption scandals in the office of Arpaio. They also reveal the violation of human rights in the prisons. Prisoners were being tortured daily. Many died from the torture while others committed suicide. Women and children who mistreated and abused sexually. Lacey and Larkin had been recording the scandals that were being carried out.
They later published the scandals in one of their newspaper. Arpaio was not happy with the publication, and he ordered for the arrest of the journalists. Their rights were violated in the midst of their arrest. Plainclothes visited their home in Arizona and handcuffed them. They were then transported to the prison in the unmarked tinted car. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Facebook
The members of the public were outraged by the arrest. They went to the streets and demanded the release of the journalists. The court was yielded to the public outcry. Larkin and Lacey sued Maricopa County for their illegal arrest. The county paid them $3.75 million as compensation. The funds were invested in the establishment of Frontera Fund.
The organization has assisted many immigrants in Arizona to obtain their constitutional rights. The money has put a smile on the faces of many people. The people have been relieved of the Arpaio’s oppression.
Larkin and Lacey have initiated several programs that are meant to assist members of the public. They have proved to the people that oppression should be eradicated in the society. They have emulated Larkin and lacey in building the society.
The productive contribution will be remembered, but Arpaio will be remembered as the “America’s Worst Sheriff.” Many people lost their lives during his tenure.