Sadly, it’s become normal to hear about someone abusing someone else’s rights. It is a bit shocking when that abusive someone turns out to be sheriff. Usually, reporters and law enforcers don’t clash so personally, but the case of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin vs. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was not a normal situation.
Briefly explained, Lacey and Larkin’s local newspaper, Phoenix New Times, wrote numerous stories about Sheriff Arpaio’s shady dealings. The sheriff became enraged and launched a full-scale attack on Lacey and Larkin’s human and civil rights. He even attempted to attack the rights of their employees and readers.
In stories like these, there’s always a lawsuit at the end. Whether the good guys win is always a tossup but Lacey and Larkin won their case.
They immediately committed their money to numerous migrant rights organizations all over Arizona. They also started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to further help rights groups and free speech groups in their area.
The actions of Sheriff Arpaio speak for themselves. It actually got to a point where he couldn’t even defend what he’d done; it was that appalling. He actually used fake grand jury subpoenas to violate Lacey and Larkin’s rights.
His obsession with Phoenix New Time and its executives goes beyond wrong. He outright abused and violated every First Amendment right and human right of the duo. The man called himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. In reality, he was just a horrible man with far too much power to handle.
While most Arizona natives dismissed Arpaio’s actions, Lacey and Larkin saw him for what he really was: a power-abusing racist. It can easily be said that he hated Latinos, especially those that immigrated to this country. The fact that Phoenix New Times reported on all of his misdeeds enraged him more than anything else.
It goes without saying that people responded with outrage when they found out that Arpaio arrested two reporters for no reason at all other than personal vengeance. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
He didn’t just stop at arresting them. He wanted all of their notes and the personal information of all of their employees. He also wanted the names of anyone that might have read their articles about him.
Not even Lacey and Larkin believed the gall of the sheriff. His actions were deplorable, to say the least.