At the exact moment, U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton was validating a pardon granted to Joe Arpaio it became a moment of reflection of how low we had sunk. The sheriff who had been accused of saw many ills while in office was about to walk away scot-free just because he was a vocal supporter of the president and had an immigration outlook that mirrored that of the president. This would mark a turning point for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
For them it was not hearsay, but rather a first hand experience of how bad the sheriff abused power. He had over the six-term period a law enforcement office into a place where crimes committed in the department went unsolved, inmate suicide soared and money was consistently being misappropriated. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The pardon was the only way that Arpaio would evade jail time and this in itself came with a lot of questions from residents of Maricopa who knew better. The sheriff had been very vocal when it came to supporting trump and his skewed immigration policy that the sheriff had for long favored. The sheriff was very fast at targeting the Hispanic community and would do anything possible to get a member of the community deported.
In fact, he was an adherent support of the Build a wall policy. The misuse of funds by the sheriff at some point making real estate purchases that were questionable was also a point of concern for the two. Eventually, the sheriff could not take the scrutiny any longer and decided to arrest the two on trumped-up charges. This would count as one of the turning points of the sheriff’s career.
He began a downward spiral from that point, and it was not long after that he was rejected at the ballot by Maricopa residents. The sheriff would later require a presidential pardon following a guilty verdict for ignoring court orders. The sheriff had in the past executed an illegal arrest that was in clear violation of the first amendment rights.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had become targets of the sheriff and it was this personal grudge that would eventually cost the county 3.75 million dollars. The settlement, however, marked the birth of another fighter the Frontera fund. This fund has been very instrumental within Maricopa, Arizona and the larger America when it comes to fighting for the rights of the Latino community.
The Frontera Fund continues to join hands with forward-looking organizations that are committed to fair treatment and justice for all. This includes the Human right watch which is an organization established in 1978 that employs about four hundred staff members to promote human rights worldwide.
Amnesty International USA they have over three hundred thousand supporters and members in the country and continually advocates for the rights of all. In America it has been especially vocal on illegal detention both in America and among those arrested in war zones like Iran.
Alliance for Open Society International, Inc this is an organization dedicated towards the enhancement of democracy all over the world.
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