Joe Arpaio, the recipient of a presidential pardon from President Trump, is an extremely controversial person, who as the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona gave leave to his deputies to detain a great number of immigrants solely on the suspicion that the individual was an illegal immigrant. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
Members of the Latino community were the ethnicity most impacted by Joe Arpaio’s unlawful detention policy, though immigrants of other ethnicities were also detained unjustifiably as well. Joe Arpaio is also notorious for his stern treatment of the inmates for whom he is responsible in his duty as sheriff, earning him the title as “America’s toughest sheriff.”
The product of Joe Arpaio’s harsh treatment of inmates was a suit brought by one Melendres. It is in defense of this suit in court that Joe Arpaio was charged with contempt of court, the offense which President Trump pardon him for, whose maximum punishment is a term of incarceration in prison for six months.
Joe Arpaio was able to secure a pardon from President Trump because of his support for the latter’s bid for presidency, because of their similar political base, and because of their similar position with respect to immigrants in general and immigrants of the Latino community in specific.
Joe Arpaio was also culpable of abusing his power as evinced by the unlawful arrest and resulting imprisonment of Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin for 24 days. Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin were induced by the expansive outcry over the unconstitutional detention of immigrants to expose Joe Arpaio’s abuses to the American public.
Being affiliated with the Village Voice Media newspaper as its executive editor (Lacy) and Chief Executive Officer (Larkin), Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin delve into Joe Arpaio’s abuses and published unfavorable articles based on the information they were able to obtain. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase
All of these efforts led to a few skirmishes with the sheriff department, Joe Arpaio’s creation of a special prosecution team to investigate the two, Joe Arpaio’s abuses being exposed by the media on a national scale, and the unlawful arrest and resulting imprisonment of Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin.
The arrest of Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin was effectuated under the darkness of night at their respective homes. Upon release from prison after spending 24 days therein, Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin sue Joe Arpaio for their unlawful arrest and resulting imprisonment, which the latter settle out of court for $3.7 million.
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin made partial use of the settlement to establish the Frontera Fund whose sole object is to ensure that the First Amendments rights of Latinos and other immigrants are safeguarded.