President Donald Trump recently pardoned Joe Arpaio. He was in court for cases of contempt of court; he had failed to comply with reform guidelines set out by a U.S District judge following a case that had been launched by journalist Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The two journalist were protesting violations of their rights by the administration of Joe Arpaio. They were illegally arrested and detained for publishing a story about a U.S grand jury proceeding in a case where one of the reporters of the media house they own Phoenix New Times was accused of exposing the addresses of Joe Arpaio.
As the county sheriff, Joe Arpaio insisted that he was a security agent and therefore, it was illegal to expose his private address to the public. He argued that such action could cause harm to his life and that of his family members.
Joe Arpaio however, according to Lacey and Larkin was pushing the case as a means of punishing the reporter for revealing the corrupt dealing that Joe Arpaio had. The reporter had found that Joe owned real estate property worth over $700,000, but none of this was listed under the real estate records. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
He had used the clause that protects law enforcement agents from revealing their real estate address to veil this suspicious case of corruption. It was impossible for a person who was getting an annual pay of about $78,000 to have property worth so much money. Something was not adding up and the Phoenix Times had revealed this story to the public in his protests.
Joe Arpaio had bad blood with the owners of Phoenix New Times following this story and many others which they had made. To him, the media house was offering too much scrutiny to his activities. He needed to punish them as a way of stopping them from publishing his stories. However, this could not work. He tried arresting them in 20007, but it changes nothing. In fact, after the arrest, they became more enraged and exposed him even more.
They also took the case to court where they sought damages for the discrimination that they offered through the arrest. The courts recommended that they are compensated $3.75 million as compensation for the mistreatment.
Lacey and Larkin used the money to set up a foundation known as Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund in 2013. This organization seeks to stop actions of people like Joe Arpaio.
They are supporting activities that will stop mistreatment of immigrants in the state of Arizona. As human rights activists, they believe that no human being should be oppressed just because they live in another country.
According to Maricopa attorney at the time, Andrew Thomas, being an immigrant is not a crime punishable by death. In fact, this an action that should be facilitated. We are living in an era where human integration needs to be encouraged instead of condemnation.
Lacey and Larkin are optimistic that their activities will finally lead to the elimination of immigrants discrimination in the united states.