Sheriff Arpaio has engaged in so many outrageous tactics throughout his career as Sheriff that a major motion picture could be made about him. Some of the foolishness that has come about under his watch includes:
Sheriff Arpaio Got Into Trouble
- Force feeding prisoners bread with mold on it
- Force feeding prisoners fruit that had begun to rot
- Imposing a dress code of bright pink clothing upon male inmates
- Accusing innocent drivers of being “illegal aliens” based upon appearing Latin Amrican.
- Refusing to accept the orders of judges who told him not to racially discriminate.
- Pulling strings to go after anybody who questioned his practices.
- Keeping inmates in despicable conditions.
- Not tending to the individual needs of some inmates.
For years, it was a common practice for Sheriff Arpaio and his lackeys to watch who was driving on the roads and bother anyone who looked like they had Hispanic roots.
In 2011, a judge took notice of this and sent an order to Sheriff Arpaio, warning him not to do this. For roughly a couple more years Arpaio kept ordering his men in blue to do it, anyway, earning him an accusation of criminal contempt from Susan Bolton.
Sheriff Arpaio was scheduled to hear a criminal sentence sometime in 2017. A short while before this was going to happen, the conservative president of the United States, Donald Trump, slipped him a pardon.
This pardon upset a lot of people. The people who were harmed by Sheriff Arpaio, including Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, were not satisfied by the pardon.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been involved in journalism since their college-age days in the early 1970s. They are the co-owners of Village Voice Media, a company that owned more than a dozen publications at the peak of its success.
One of the publications that they are most well known for is The Phoenix New Times. The Phoenix New Times is a relatively small, alternative, rather eccentric publication. One of the publication’s favorite topics to cover was Sheriff Arpaio.
It stands to reason that Sheriff Arpaio would be a hot topic for that publication, considering the fact that Sheriff Arpaio was a local Sheriff in the area that the publication was serving. Lacey and Larkin, themselves, lived in this area and took a great interest in the topic. Learn more about Michael Lacey Jim Larkin: https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
The two men were very cognizant of the problems that Native Americans, immigrants and Latinos faced because the Southwestern United States is generally filled with these types of people.
There are so many Latinos, immigrants and Native Americans in the area due to the placement of people throughout American history. The Southwestern United States was originally colonized by Spaniards, and it now borders the lands of Latin America.
As a result, the Hispanic presence is enormous, and not all Hispanics are immigrants. There is a relatively large amount of Native American culture that exists because of circumstances surrounding Spanish colonization and the cultures of Native Americans.
Lacey & Larkin: Frontera Fund
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were taken into custody from their homes in Phoenix on the evening of 18th October 2007 by agents from the Selective Enforcement Unit. At that time, Jim was the CEO of Village Voice Media, Mike the company’s executive editor. Joe Arpaio, by then the County’s sheriff had ordered their arrest because they revealed jury’s investigation on the sheriff’s case in their publications of Phoenix New Times, moreover, the company made regular reporting of Arpaio’s department misconducts and accounting mismanagement since he entered the office in 1992.
In the 9th circuit of the court of appeal, the court ruled out that the arrest was a violation of the First Amendment since they arrested them for their critics. Front Page Confidential, readdress the constant fights between Arpaio and the newsmen because of Arpaio’s misconduct while conducting his duties in the office.
The public demanded their freedom, and in one day, Mike and Jim’s charges were dropped. The court ordered payment of $3.75 million for their wrongful arrest as compensation. The money was used to form a non-profit organization called the Frontera Fund. It benefitted migrants, and immigrants as well as victims of racial discrimination and civil rights violation.