Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are some of the victims of the action of rogue former Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio. They were arrested at night by hooded people who were wearing police attire, placed in the back of police cars and taken to separate jails both operated by the sheriff.
Joe Arpaio had set up his prisons where he would subject people who disagreed with to torture. Lacey and Larkin were arrested on instructions of Joe Arpaio after they exposed a grand jury subpoena that required the police to extract information about a reporter employed by a media house owned by Lacey and Larkin.
The Phoenix media reporter had revealed that the Joe Arpaio was involved in activities that amounted to corruption. He had real estate investment which he secretly owned. The real estate investments were worth over $750,000. The net worth was far more than what he was earning. His salary in a year was coming to about $78,000.
Unless he was engaged in other illegal deeds, there was no way he would be able to have such property of high value. Something was not right the reporter concluded. The reports were made public by the media house sparking off outrage from the man. He banned the media house from attending his press conferences and even denied them the right to access county documents.
Michael and Jim have condemned the acts of human discrimination which were meted against the immigrants by the Sheriff. They took the case to court where they claimed the sheriff had denied them their rights. On top, they proved that he was involved in actions which amounted to human rights violations. The courts found out that it was indeed true that their rights were ignored and as such, they were awarded compensation of $3.7 million.
Lacey and Larkin vowed to use the money to stop other people like Arpaio from getting nowhere near power. With the compensation money they earned, they started a foundation known as Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund. The foundation is meant to fight any discrimination that may be meted out to any immigrant in the county.
Lacey and Larkin have been funding groups that support causes that will protect human rights. So far they can proudly say that they have sponsored quite a good number of organizations in the county. With the pardon of Joe Arpaio, the two have dedicated to pushing the matter until he is taken back to courts for prosecution.
Lacey and Larkin have been activist for the last four decades. They dropped out of Arizona State University in protest to discrimination of immigrant students in the university. They started a media house known as Village Voice media to highlight the wrongs which were being committed in the society.
They have vowed to make a comeback in the media industry and activism so that Arpaio case is taken back to the courts. They disagree with President Trump that Arpaio did nothing wrong. Although Trump and Arpaio share the same views regarding immigration, it is wrong to release someone who has weighty matters on his shoulders like Arpaio.