The recent presidential decision to pardon Joe Arpaio has personally outraged the Phoenix New Times creators, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
A recent article, “The Enduring Sin of Joe Arpaio: Newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Speak out in Response to Donald Trump’s Pardon of America’s Worst Sheriff”, published on the Phoenix New Times’ website discusses some of the reasons the newspaper titans believe that Arpaio should have answered for his crimes and served time in prison.
Thanks to this pardon, Arpaio will never understand some of the hardships that he is subjected countless individuals to over the course of his long, corrupt career. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/ and http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are longtime Arizona residents. When they first started publishing the Phoenix New Times, they were trying to offer a counter perspective to the ultraconservative printings that were available at the time.
It turns out that there were many like-minded individuals who were eager for a publication just like theirs and their business grew exponentially. Throughout their career, they took notice of many individuals who misuse their power or position for their own personal gain, but none would ever outshine Arpaio
Arpaio is the single worst Sheriff that America has ever seen. Inmates have committed suicide under his care, very serious crimes have gone uninvestigated, prison funds have been reallocated for personal gain, and various members of society have been targeted for nothing more than the way that they look.
Arpaio has never been interested in making friends in the community, he has always shown that he is more interested in national attention. Originally, Arpaio wanted to be known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and while some might still agree his record of accomplishment really shows the work of a tyrant.
Larkin and Lacey had their own altercation with Arpaio in 2007. One of their reporters was looking into some very suspect landholdings held by Arpaio and while reporting that information Arpaio’s address was posted online, on the newspaper website.
Arpaio used this instance to issue a subpoena that would definitely be considered overreaching so that the Maricopa County Police Department would be able to raid the Phoenix New Times.
When Larkin and Lacey called out Arpaio in their print newspaper, they were arrested. This was a blatant violation of their rights and they sued the county.
The two men used the $3.7 million settlement they received to help found the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund continues to help people in Arizona, specifically those individuals of the migrant population, with human rights issues. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
It serves as a financial source for countless programs that wouldn’t be able to function otherwise. This fund has made it possible for the migrant population to receive the resources that they deserve as citizens, legal or otherwise, of the United States.
Joe Arpaio believed that he could suppress these individuals and treat them however he saw fit, but Larkin and Lacey are proving that his legacy will die with his office. Men like Arpaio will never succeed with men like Larkin and Lacey still fighting against them