Michael Lacey speaks out on Joe Arpaio pardon
Joe Arpaio is one of the most notorious Sheriffs in the history of the United States. His term in office was marked by some grave violations of human rights as well as misuse of office. According to investigations that were carried out by two journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Joe Arpaio committed crimes against humanity, especially to the Latino Immigrants. He also used his office to settle political scores with those in politics. For instance, he was the one who launched investigations in former President Barrack Obama birth certificate. He insisted it was forgery a case where many agree that he was being used by one political side to help them get political mirage.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin also exposed Joe Arpaio for investigating a presiding judge in a case he had against Melendres, a Latino victim of his discrimination. Thy continued to show that this was not the first case that involved Joe Arpaio committing such an act. Joe Arpaio used his office to take a stab at those who were investigating him, an action which amounted to misuse of office.
In 2007, Joe Arpaio had gone to another extent of committing actions that were disgusting and clear indication of racial profiling. He ordered his juniors to go around the county looking for Latinos to determine if they were legally in the United States. Anyone who was found to have been living in the country illegally was deported. Joe acted as if he was the law himself.
Micahel Lacey and Jim Larkin were the owners of the Phoenix New Times, the media outlet that exposed the actions of Arpaio. Due to the continued criticism of the Arpaio administration, he had banned them from his press conferences as well as denying them access to county records. He even went ahead and threatened the reporters of the media with arrest if they continued writing stories about him.
In October 2007, Joe Arpaio made good his threats when he arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for writing about his investigation on a judge in a court case involving him and Melendres. According to Lacey, the Phoenix New Times was a thorn in his administration. They persistently followed his action and never stooped exposing his illegal actions. Lacey adds that on the day of their arrest, they were arrested by plainclothes detectives in the middle of the night in a manner comparable to the third-world style.
Ten years later, Joe Arpaio is back on the headlines. President Trump has given him a pardon which have been approved by a U.S District magistrate court. Such action according to Lacey is a clear indication of how flawed the justice system is in the country. For a man who committed acts of grave human injustices to be left free without sentencing, this has to be the joke of the century. Joe was behind torture and even deaths of many immigrants in the state of Arizona. For Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who spent years investigating him, this action was not wrong, and the trump’s administration has proved that it cannot be relied upon to stop racial profiling in the United States.
When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested, they were stunned at the reason for the arrest. They had always been working to publish information about corruption, but they never thought it would happen to them in the way it had. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The men had to work hard to make sure they were capable of fighting the charges. They knew there would be a way for them to try and make things easier on themselves without having to worry about corrupting other people. There had been some issues with the corruption from within the sheriff’s office from the beginning of their time as journalists, but that’s what made things better for the men.
While the men were trying to publish information about what they could do and how they could help people, they felt confident they’d be able to fight the charges. They did fight them and they won the case. In addition, they sued the sheriff’s office for violating their constitutional right to the freedom of the press.
The men not only won the case against the sheriff’s office but they also won the case where they had sued him for arresting them with no legal right to do so. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
For Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, this meant they would be able to make a difference. Their story was very public and that gave attention to the cause they had always been supportive of.
They took this semi-fame and used it to their advantage. Since they had worked so hard to get to where they are, they knew the arrest would be a way for them to continue building the ideas they had and actually providing monetary help to people who had been a major part of the cause they had supported throughout this time.
Even though there had been some issues with the community and some issues with corruption from within, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin knew they could do their best to fight all of it. If they were going to try and make things better for people, they could give attention to all the issues that were happening in the world around them.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin tried to show people how they would be able to make a better choice and how they, too, could fight an arrest if it wasn’t warranted. Their cause is making it easier for people to realize they have right even if they are immigrants or minorities.