The cofounders of Front Page Confidential, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, had strong things to say in response to Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, currently the most controversial sheriff in recent American history. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Ten years ago, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were personally visited and arrested per Joe Arpaio’s orders for releasing information about an investigation by a grand-jury. During the time of the arrest Lacey was an executive editor of the newspaper chain, Village Voice Media, and Larkin was the CEO. They had recently released a story about the probe in the Phoenix New Times.
Lacey and Larkin made it very clear that the grand jury was scrutinizing them personally. The New Times was very active in publishing information that shared the wrongdoings by Arpaio since he became Sheriff in 1992.
Some of the scariest things carried out under Arpaio’s leadership included cuffing pregnant mothers during childbirth to the tables, the intricacies of Tent City, and the lack of care given to prisoners which lead many of them to premature deaths.
Arpaio has used his power since 1992 to utilize the police force to ensure that he stays in his seat as Sheriff and to counter any others who attempted to run as Maricopa County Sheriff. He carried negativity for years against any media outlets or newspapers that spoke out against his decisions and blatantly ignored many rights given to Latinos that lived in Maricopa county.
He blatantly allowed the police officers working under his reign to discriminate against Hispanics and Latinos and investigate them for no reason at all. No one in this country should feel scared to drive down the street or go for a walk because they might be judged negatively and potentially harassed by the individuals that swear to protect and serve.
Arpaio’s arrest of Lacey and Larkin was an obvious disregard for the First Amendment and raised brows across the entire country. Very quickly after arresting the journalist’s Arpaio had dropped and closed the case after a brief press conference.
Five years after the event Maricopa County paid the journalists over $3 million dollars to settle the wrongful arrest. That money was invested into a nonprofit called the Frontera Fund which fights to ensure that migrants and immigrants’ rights are maintained.
While Larkin and Lacey continue to stand up for the rights of those who are imposed by the pressure of Joe Arpaio and the support he receives from President Donald Trump, Arpaio receives no punishment for the cruelty he imposed on others for the last twenty-four years in Arizona. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Not only is he avoiding prison time, he has decided recently to run for Senate. Lacey and Larkin, despite the ridiculous system protecting someone as terrible as Arpaio, continue to fight on in defense of Hispanics and Latinos in this country that experience discrimination from the people who should be working to help them.
The Frontera Group is a beautiful result of the disgraceful actions allowed by individuals like Donald Trump and George Arpaio but there is still so much to be done. Luckily their organization will be there to defend those who aren’t given the opportunity to defend themselves.