It was during the late evening on an October night in 2007 when, then, Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent the Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit to illegally detain Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Arpaio’s agents dragged both men out of their homes in handcuffs and placed them in unmarked SUVs. They then took Lacey and Larkin to two separate jails that were ran by Arpaio and held them until the next day. They would have held them longer, but a national outcry had placed the spotlight on the event and forced Arapio to release them.
This wasn’t the first time that Joe Arpaio had done something illegal in Maricopa County. In fact, in wasn’t even close to the first time. The entire reason for the arrests of Lacey and Larkin had to do with them reporting on Arpaio’s spread of other crimes he had been committing for many years.
While some were ignorant or willfully ignorant, many were well aware of the fact that Arpaio had been profiling Latinos and abusing them in his Tent City prison.
One of the most horrible crimes that occurred under Arpaio’s watch was when a pregnant immigrant was forced to give birth while being shackled to a bed in the overwhelmingly hot conditions of a prison ran by Arpaio.
This is just part of the reason that many people were distressed when president Trump decided to pardon Joe Arpaio. Instead of finally facing up to his crimes, he was pardoned of them, and now, justice will not be served.
Lacey and Larkin had already won a court decision against Arpaio and Maricopa County, which led to them being paid an amount of $3.7 million.
Being selfless individuals, they took the money and formed the Frontera Fund with it, which is an organization that supports pro-Latino organizations who just want to see the abuse stopped.
While Joe Arpaio was in office, many Latinos suffered needlessly, but no one thought he would escape facing punishment for his crimes against humanity. Many people attribute his pardoning to the fact that he had purposefully supported Trump when others were not.
This has been seen as a calculated move by a calculated man who has flaunted the law many times to serve his own ego and mission to punish Latinos. Read more: Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
One thing is for sure, and this is that more people have become aware of what this man has done, and while president Trump found reasons to pardon him, many others are left with the damage that has been done to them by Arpaio.