Lacey and Larkin: A look at the conduct of Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff of Maricopa County, may have committed many wrongs while he was in office, but none of them will get him punished. A move by president Trump to pardon him have brought to an end all the court battles and possible conviction which he was facing.
The pardon came at a time when he was awaiting sentencing after he had been convicted of ignoring court orders. President Trump offered him pardon weeks to the sentencing date raising questions over the conduct of the presidency. He was less than a year in the office, but he had started issuing out controversial pardons, a thing that was uncommon with other presidents. 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/ and https://frontpageconfidential.com/fbi-arrest-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/
President Trump gave out the pardon to Joe Arpaio because of the similarities they shared. In the run-up to the last general elections, Arpaio was a key supporter of the Trump’s candidature. He vigorously campaigned for the candidature of Trump. The two had striking agreement on the issue of immigration. They worked together in condemning immigrants living in the United States. To them, no undocumented immigrant or their children should be allowed in the country.
Trump and Arpaio were behind the birther movement that demanded the birth certificate of Former President Barack Obama to prove that he was born in the United States and not Africa. Arpaio was the lead supporter of the campaign which Trump had initiated.
From the relationship that Arpaio and Trump shared, it is clear that the pardon given to Arpaio was a friend saving another friend. It seemed like there was a pact between them that Trump would bring to an end all the tribulations Arpaio was facing during his tenure.
The White House described the actions taken by Arpaio as heroic since he had stopped illegal immigration into the United States. However, they missed looking at the manner in which he executed his mission of stopping immigration. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Joe Arpaio used to conduct his illegalities behind closed doors such that few people would know what he was doing. However, he could not see hind forever as his actions were brought to limelight by the owners of the Phoenix New Times. They identified the crimes that Arpaio was committing and exposed him.
Arpaio was behind the arrest and torture of hundreds of immigrants living in the county. Undocumented immigrants would be held in jails under unbearable conditions. There was harassment of immigrants which led to deaths of hundreds of them. They were beaten up by officers under the authority of Arpaio.
The torture that was meted out to these people was unjustified, and they needed justice. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the former owners of the Village Voice Media, were the people who exposed the actions of the sheriff to the public. They investigated and realized that the crimes that Arpaio was conducting behind the scenes were of huge intolerable.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin now run an organization known as the Frontera Fund. This foundation works with other Arizona-based organizations to fight the oppression of immigrants living in this state.