Over the history of the United States, various presidents have pardoned major guys who have been convicted in court and charged with various lawsuits from injustices to corruption to discrimination and many others.
However, the recent presidential pardon by Donald Trump on Joe Arpaio continues being smoky and hotter all over the Maricopa County, Arizona. If the kitchen is too hot for you just leave the kitchen but not for the indomitable Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are the cooks and propellers behind the fight for justice and reformation of this toughest American Sherriff.
Joe Arpaio is widely known for his trampling of justice for his people and the most intolerable act is imprisoning innocent Lacey and Larkin. Over a decade ago the Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit under the directive of Joe flocked at the doors of these two heroes at their homes in Phoenix in Arizona. After being hauled from their homes, they were imprisoned separately for disclosing the grand-jury investigation information to the public.
Michael Lacey was the executive editor and Jim Larkin the CEO at Village Voice Media Publication. Earlier before their arrest, they had published in the Village Voice Media Publication, Phoenix New Times about the grand jury. Read more: Daniel Taub | LinkedIn and Daniel Taub | Ideamench
These two men continuously exposed the aggressive enforcement of the law by Arpaio since he resumed office in 1992. The underdevelopment of Tent City and injustices done on women and even inmates especially the immigrants had also been brought to the light. This made the Sherriff furious and in a bid to cover his nakedness, he landed the two men in prison.
In 2011, the road of Joe seemed slippery when he was faced with a lawsuit of violating human rights of Latinos and various immigrant groups. This is after an exposure of his ruthlessness towards inmates. Nevertheless, the stubborn Sherriff continued his racial profiling until his conduct reached the media houses.
This is where these two brave men, Lacey and Larkin came in and made known to the public the dubious acts of Joe. At the time of publishing the grand jury, every other newspaper had refrained covering Arpaio for fear of being banned or arrested.
After being in the cell for 24 hours they were released because of mass action and pressure mounted by the citizens demanding their release. Lacey and Larkin later decided to file a lawsuit against the Sherriff and this gave them more confidence to continue exposing his scandals, corruption and heinous acts. The case was settled for $3.7 million.
After the suit, the two men founded one the largest human right movement from the settlement amount so as to help Latino community and assuring them protection for their First Amendment Rights. The movement goes by the name Frontera Fund.
This movement has been on the forefront of confronting the controversial Joe and fighting for Justice for the poor in the county. With the pardon from the president Trump, Mr. Arpaio seems to have escaped the imprisonment; nevertheless, his misconducts and malpractices have already been known by most Americans and soon he will face the law.