In countries where racial profiling is immense and perpetuated by top leadership, the immigrants get subjected to cruel treatments.
However, there are individuals who will stand with those whose rights are violated no matter the cost. Jim and Michael are such individuals who vowed to help the Latino attain their rights in America, no matter setbacks along their way.
Lacey and Larkin
Michael Lacey was born in Newark but moved to the US in the 1960s for his university studies in Arizona. Together with other students established Phoenix New Times to widen the scope of media coverage. He partnered with Jim Larkin in the business; Jim became responsible for the advertisement while Lacey was in editing.
The coverage explored not only political but also social issues which enabled their circulation to sprout thereby making it the best choice among other alternative newspapers. The two began to write against racial discrimination, they revealed how paper writers and editors were targeted by the grand jury. This is what set them into the hands of Joe Arpiao, Maricopa County’s Sheriff, who was totally against the penetration of immigrants.
Describing Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio is a famous Sheriff not only in Arizona but in the entire nation for being opposed to illegal immigration. His county Maricopa in Arizona contains many Latinos and Hispanics who are immigrants.
The sheriff and his office engaged in unlawful violation of the civil rights of these emigrants blaming them for the miseries in their society.As though he was heartless, Arpiao and his office targeted and detained Latino and Hispanic drivers and racially profiled them.
The sheriff continued with the vice until 2011 when Murray, the U.S district court judge ordered him to stop the act. Despite the clear order, Arpaio intensified his profiling with claims that the order was unclear and that they incorrectly understood the terms. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
This triggered further judicial consequences where Judge Susan Bolton sentenced him for violating court orders together with his office. This was after he lost his seat as sheriff in the seventh attempt after having been in the seat for six terms.
Background Information on His Misconduct
Arpaio and his office not only profiled immigrants but also bounced back on those who criticized their conducts as vivid in the case of Phoenix when they incredibly revenged on Larkin and Lacey. Arpaio sent armed officers who arrested them and detained them separately; however, the voice of those who opposed the arrest was so loud that they were released promptly.
After the release, the duo engaged Arpaio in a stiff legal battle which they won in 2012 when the Court of appeal ruled against Arpaio terming the arrest unlawful. Maricopa County paid them $3.75 the two respecters of rights have used to start a foundation, the Frontera Fund, to support immigrants and boost groups that protect the rights of Latino and Hispanics.
Though president Trump has pardoned Arpaio, Larkin and Lacey have revived their energy greatly in the fight using journalism through FrontPage Confidential.