Recently, U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton confirmed the pardoning of Joe Arpaio, former Maricopa County sheriff, by President Trump. Even though Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt when he ignored an order from a federal judge, he is now a free man. Among his abuses of power, were the illegal arrests of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Lacey commented on the pardon saying that it figures that two corrupt individuals would be working together.
He also brought light to the fact that Arpaio had abused prisoners, tortured them, and created horrible living conditions in his jail that was named “tent city,” which Arpaio had the nerve to call his own personal concentration camp.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin both have pointed out that the justice system has failed in this case and are not surprised that Arpaio has not had to face the music for his crimes. Arpaio was elected as sheriff in 1992 under a reform flag and called himself America’s Toughest Sheriff.
Back then the media covered his actions as he fed rotten food to prisoners and forced inmates to wear pink uniforms. When his now well-known “tent city” jail came about to decrease the overcrowding happening in the jail system, people watched in horror as inmates were forced to endure 135 degree Fahrenheit temperatures and received brutal beatings.
Pregnant women were even forced to give birth while they were shackled to beds. It got so bad that inmates were known to hang themselves to escape the terrifying conditions of the jail. Learn more about Jim Lacey and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
What Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin find the most disturbing is the fact that this kind of behavior garnered plenty of attention and, yet, won Arpaio many votes. This all by itself is a good enough reason to enlighten the rest of the nation about what was going on in Arizona and how Trump helped to free Arpaio from paying for his abuses.
Michael Lacey grew up in Newark, New Jersey and moved to Arizona to study at Arizona State University. By 1970, he dropped out of the university and partnered up with Jim Larkin to create the Phoenix New Times as an alternative to the conservative coverage of the antiwar protests that were taking place on the campus.
He became the Executive Editor of the newspaper, which eventually became popular on a national level. In the early 1980’s, the Phoenix New Times expanded into Denver by purchasing a local arts and news weekly paper there and eventually gained even more followers.
Jim Larkin grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and also dropped out of Arizona State University when he joined Michael Lacey to startup the Phoenix New Times. He worked to help advertise the paper and expanded its audience while covering a spread of different issues that were important at the time. J
Jim Larkin was raised to always treat every person with respect, and he has had a very had time watching the abuses that have been committed against the Latino community as well as other people. He now works very hard to shine the light on people who abuse their power by mistreating people who don’t have the power to fight back.