Michael Lacey was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Jim Larkin was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. The story of how these two met isn’t all that impressive. Lacey moved to Arizona in the late 60s to attend Arizona State University. Larkin was already attending Arizona State University.
Lacey’s path started him toward media fame first. He was surprised to see the level of ultra-conservative coverage of campus antiwar protests.
He started Phoenix New Times as a weekly response to the biased coverage of local events. Larkin joined New Times as the brand grew beyond just a campus paper.
The two dropouts soon had a regional success on their hands. Lacey was executive editor and Larkin was in charge of advertising. Together, they explored a wide variety of social and political issues that were ignored or rarely discussed in Arizona at that time.
Their journey eventually led them to the doorstep of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio is not a kind man and doesn’t like being talked about unless people are praising him. When New Times started reporting on his activities, he did not respond well to that sort of attention. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
Beyond the obvious crimes that corrupt law enforcement officers are involved in, which created several financial irregularities, Sheriff Arpaio also horrible ran his office. It seemed like the only thing Arpaio could properly manage were anti-Mexican fear-mongering rallies. That’s right; the sheriff played a patriarchal role in racist bigotry rallies, which makes him feel pride.
Up until the nation found out about all of his atrocities, he’d felt pride. He happily tormented and harassed Latinos. New Times had physical evidence of his systematic persecution, profiling, and detention of hundreds of Latinos. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Because he lived in such a conservative-bubbled community, he was allowed to this these things whenever he chose.
When it came to trying to stop New Times from writing stories, Arpaio did not enjoy that so much. He was used to using his power to silence all of his critics. Having some Latino-supporters fighting his will enraged him to the point that he was willing to risk it all.
On October 18, 2007, Sheriff Arpaio had Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin arrested. That proved to be the last nail in his coffin. When the nation discovered what he had done, it ended his career.