It is no secret that injustice against any citizen is intolerable no matter the country. Despite his conviction of mistreatment of immigrants, Joe Arpaio’s release still leaves a lot to be desired by many.
The two people who had the most to say about his release were Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. When it comes to controversial leadership, Joe Arpaio certainly meets the standards.
As a sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona for almost 24 years, his rule was ruthless and full of controversy. His stand against illegal immigrants made him take a brutal direction when it came to ensuring they never step foot in his county.
Americans knew him as the Toughest Sheriff. Maricopa County is known for its large Hispanic and Latino population. A majority of this population come from Mexico.
His stand against illegal immigrants made him do everything and anything. The things he did while trying to fight against illegal immigration violated individual civil rights.
He made unlawful arrests, threatened, and even harassed journalists. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were some of the few journalists to experience his ruthless reign in Maricopa County.
Their story quickly gained popularity in the mainstream media. However, their story did not leave Joe Arpaio quite happy. For their story, he made wrongful arrests and put them through the torture the Mexican immigrants go through in Maricopa.
However, despite the danger and the threat looming over their heads and careers. They continued being on the forefront to help fight against Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
They two went ahead to file a lawsuit against Joe Arpaio for wrongful arrest and abuse against human rights. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey won the case and received a $3.75 million for the atrocities they went through in the hands of Joe Arpaio. The two later founded Frontera Fund with the $3.75 million.
The fund comes to the financial aid of organisations, which fight for the rights of immigrants in Arizona. Setting up of the fund helped them continue fighting for the rights of immigrants in Arizona and fight against people who take such illegal actions like Joe Arpaio.
They also went back to journalism and set up a Front Page Confidential. The Front Page Confidential website covers threats against first amendment and free speech.
Nevertheless, the pardoning of Joe Arpaio came as a surprise to not only Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey but also people who fight against the atrocities Joe committed. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had the following to say about his pardoning.
Joe Arpaio’s pardoning was not right, and it went against all the rights of the people he hurt while in authority. His pardoning was also an apparent show of a marriage between two corrupt individuals.
Despite a certain percentage of people being happy about the release, the fight against Joe Arpaio will continue for people like Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are not pleased about it.