A recent article, entitled “Larkin and Lacey Speak out-What Happened to Joe Arpaio” by Gemma Cottrell discusses the events surrounding a recent pardon of notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his involvement with media duo Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
Larkin and Lacey started their time in the media looking for a way to divulge the truth to the public. When they started their media company, the Phoenix New Times, they wanted it to mean something and to give an accurate representation of the protests that were going on at the time.
It turns out that their brand of media was much needed in the current climate, and it began to take off. Eventually both media men ended up dropping out of their classes and focusing on their news empire full-time.
They grew to own more than 17 like-minded news organizations all over the country, including the very famous Village Voice. This gave them a platform to speak out about some of the injustices that they witness all over the country. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/
It seems that one of the biggest injustices that they witnessed was at the hands of Sheriff Arpaio when it came to the Latino and migrant population of their home state in Arizona.
There were many complaints that came in about the Sheriff’s level of blatant profiling and harassment. It left many people feeling scared in their community or worried that they would be subjected to undue harassment.
It created a sense of urgency and fear throughout the entire state, with many people joining the cause and hassling the migrants living there. Sheriff Arpaio did not do anything to dissuade the sentiment, he simply chose to conduct his business the way he wanted to.
The thorn in his side came from the reports pushed by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. At one point he believed that they had crossed a line in their writing that would make it appropriate for him to arrest them, he was completely wrong.
It turns out that when he arrested them, he actually violated their human rights and the two men chose to sue. This suit was just one of many that Sheriff Arpaio would be subjected to. In his famous suit with Melendres, he was ordered to halt his racial profiling practices.
He was found to be in contempt of that order soon afterward, and jailed. This was where he needed a favor to save him from suffering the same fate that many of the individuals he had harassed had suffered. He received a pardon that allowed him to go free, but Larkin and Lacey did not see that as a complete failure.
They explained that the community of Arizona sees Arpaio’s actions for what they were, an intense crusade of bigoted fear. He imposed all of the things that he thought were wrong with the community on to a specific population and engaged in blatant racism in order to make their lives harder, he will go down as one of the worst individuals to ever occupy his office.