Back in October of 2017, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent armed deputies to arrest Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Both of the men were handcuffed and taken out of their homes by force and placed into unmarked SUVs that had Mexican License Plates. Larkin and Lacey were then booked into separate jails; both of which were ran by Joe Arpaio. What instigated the illegal arrests of the pair were stories that they had been publishing in the Phoenix New Times that revealed Arpaio for the criminal that he was. A lot of what they covered had to do with the way that Arpaio had been mistreating inmates in his jails as well as racially profiling individuals based on their Latino heritage.
While mainstream media sources continued to ignore or brush off the crimes committed by, then, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continued to shine a light on the man. What, eventually, led to the arrest of the two was a story they published in the Phoenix New Times that illustrated how allies of Arpaio’s inside the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had issued subpoenas that demanded information about the editors, writers, and even the readers of the Phoenix New Times as well as their IP addresses and private histories of browsing the web.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released from jail just a day after being arrested with all of their charges being dismissed. A lot of this was due to a nationwide objection to their arrests. After their release, a court battle took place that focused on the way that Arpaio has been abusing his power. It was discovered that the grand jury subpoenas were baseless due to legal procedures that had been ignores, and the arrests of Lacey and Larkin were declared to be made without probable cause.
Due to Joe Arpaio’s negligence and abuse of power, Lacey and Larkin received a $3.7 million settlement, which they selflessly used to startup the Frontera Fund. The organization works to support other organizations that are in place to protect the rights of Latinos who have had to suffer quite a bit at the hands of Joe Arpaio and others like him. The men have been quick to point out that Arpaio has illegaly detained Mexican migrants and helped to create a sense of fear in any one with brown skin. Larkin and Lacey have openly devoted their lives to preventing the abuses of power that are carried out by men like Joe Arpaio.