A recent article featured on thenewsversion.com entitled “Larkin and Lacey Speak Out – What Happened To Joe Arpaio” discusses what happened to the notorious Joe Arpaio.
Joe Arpaio was arrested because he had failed to uphold the ruling of a class action lawsuit filed against him in Melendres V. Arpaio. Joe Arpaio was the acting Sheriff of the Maricopa County Police Department and engaged in various actions that could be considered harassment and stereotyping of the minority migrant population in Arizona.
His ruling required him to stop engaging in such practices and report to a court monitor in order to have his behavior evaluated. He failed to uphold those rulings and was remanded to prison.
Two reporters that are frequently following in the intakes of Joe Arpaio are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Larkin and Lacey have spent much of their career reporting on the corruption of Joe Arpaio as he coined himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. Joe Arpaio did not go down in history books as a tough Sheriff but as a corrupt one.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the journalistic geniuses behind the creation of the Phoenix New Times and would report on the intakes of Joe Arpaio on a quite frequent basis. This earned them a lot of flak from the department and they were frequently excluded from press conferences or investigations. Joe Arpaio eventually had his own run-in with the reporters when he ordered their arrest for unconstitutional reasons.
While the reporters were eventually freed and they eventually used the arrest as the foundation for a lawsuit against the Maricopa County Police Department. They received a settlement of $3.7 million to which they used all of it to fund a project aimed at contributing to the advancement of the migrant population in Arizona.
Fast-forwarding back to the present Joe Arpaio has recently received a pardon for his actions after being remanded to prison for not upholding the sentencing agreement he received in his class-action lawsuit. While many people areoutraged Larkin and Lacey believe that this was going to be inevitable. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
They saw how closely Joe Arpaio aligned himself with the up-and-coming president and knew that he would find a way to wiggle out of having to pay for his crimes.
Joe Arpaio never served a day in prison while Lacey and Larkin were imprisoned for 24 days for a crime that they did not commit. It can be a rather upsetting circumstance for anyone in their position.
In the light of such difficult news, Larkin and Lacey are working to help further the cause of other people instead of focusing on the negativity of the past. Their Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund that was set up with their lawsuit winnings continue to touch lives today.
While Joe Arpaio may be free he will never be able to erase the atrocities that he has contributed to in Arizona history. He will not go down as the great Sheriff that he wanted to be, but he will merely be labeled as a tyrannical official in a corrupt local government.