Joe Arpaio is commonly known by many for his Maricopa County Arizona tent city style jail. This jail forced inmates to live in tents in the sweltering desert heat. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
Inmates wore pink shirts, provided community service clean ups and often ate simple meals of basic sandwiches and water. Inmates were denied luxuries that included air conditioning and televisions.
Many activist groups have come forward to declare many crimes occurred to inmates who were under Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s watch. Crimes include injuries, harassment and abuse.
Sheriff Joe’s laundry list of supposed crimes stretches back decades and two men who fought against his mistreatment have spearheaded a fund that assists Latino Americans and those whose first amendment rights are threatened to be violated.
Michael Larkin and Jim Lacey met at the Phoenix New Times. This was an alternative news source newspaper that often reported on things that local media news did not cover. In October of 2007 Maricopa County Sheriffs arrested Michael Larkin and Jim Lacey in the middle of the night in their homes. They were handcuffed and placed in unmarked SUV’s and booked and jailed separately.
They were wrongfully arrested for publishing an article in the Phoenix New Times about how the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had requested grand jury subpoenas for the staff at the Phoenix New Times. This also included personal information and private IP addresses. This is a direct violation of the first amendment.
Protestors created a public outcry for the unlawful jailing of these two reporters. Within twenty four hours both Michael Larkin and Jim Lacey were released from Maricopa County Jail. All charges were dropped.
In 2013 Jim Lacey and Michael Larkin won in a lawsuit filed against Maricopa County for their unlawful jailing. The two were granted a $3.7 million settlement. Over the course of a year they tried to figure out exactly what they would do with their settlement money.
Nearly a year after their win from their suit they decided to start the Frontera Fund. The Frontera fund strives to fight against social and political injustices. They have continued to fund groups such as Latino Americans, immigrants and others whose basic rights to free speech have been assaulted or questioned.
Recently President Trump granted a pardon of the former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Larkin and Lacey have spoken out about how they feel this is a direct insult to all of those who suffered during his supposed reign of terror while he was the active Sheriff for Maricopa County.
Larkin and Lacey claim that many have been wrongfully harmed or suffered even death under the watch of Sheriff Joe. They state that a diabetic woman was denied her medicine and slipped into a coma and later died and that a mentally ill army veteran was killed in what was claimed to be a jail riot.
Larkin and Lacey have been speaking out about Sheriff Jo Arpaio’s recent pardon in hopes to bring more awareness to the crimes that occurred during his time in charge.
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