Michael Larkin & Michael Lacey

In October of 2017, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned for his crimes. In July, Sheriff Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt on the grounds of ignoring a federal judge’s order. The order stemmed from a lawsuit taken out on him in 2007.

Sheriff Arpaio is known for the outrageously draconian circumstances that happened under his authority. For example, in 1993, a tent city opened up to address the problem of overcrowded jails. In these jails inmates were beaten and mothers-to-be were shackled to beds.

There were a lot of wrongful deaths that happened happened in jail under his authority. For instance, a diabetic woman died as she went into a coma after being denied medication. A number of people suffocated when they were put into restraint chairs. There was also a large rate of apparent suicides by hanging in the cells. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Sheriff Arpaio misused his authority to smear political opponents and anyone who called out his injustices. He has smeared the state attorney general, people from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and various political opponents. He insisted that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was fake and launched an investigation to test its validity.

Around 2007, Sheriff Arpaio started to round up random groups of Latinos to determine their legal statuses. This was highly discriminatory because he was rounding up people based on ethnic appearance. In Arizona, there are a lot Hispanic people who are American citizens because it is so close to Latin America.

The New Times, lead by Jim Lacey and Michael Larkin, put incessant amounts of attention on Sheriff Arpaio to the point where they were banned from his press conferences. Because they were a “thorn in his side,” both men were arrested and briefly taken to jail.

The Birth of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

After being penalized for exercising their First Amendment rights, Lacey and Larkin received three point seven million dollars from Maricopa County in 2013. The money was used to establish the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

Both men are really bummed out that Sheriff Joe Arpaio will not be seeing any time behind bars. The sheriff is already pretty old—85 years old.

He has caused a lot of things to happen that cannot be turned back—suicides, inmate deaths, corruption and traumatic events. What he did cannot be undone, but the types of things that he did can be further prevented through careful consideration.

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