Joe Arpaio is a sheriff in Arizona. He has been in the news a lot because of the things he did to two men and countless other immigrants. For years, Joe Arpaio operated as a corrupt lawman without people realizing what he was doing. Those who did realize the problems that were going on in the sheriff’s department were too afraid to say anything because of the way he treated them. They knew they would also be in trouble if they spoke out against him. The two men who weren’t afraid to say something about Joe Arpaio were Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. They knew they had to do something so they chose to speak out against him in the form of media. They ran successful web publications and that caused them to want to say something about Joe Arpaio. They knew he would be upset, but they had to do it anyway.
Once the men decided they were going to speak out against Joe Arpaio, they immediately took action. They published information on the corruption in his department. The men knew they would be able to make something happen since they had a lot of reach to people around the country and the world. They wanted to make it apparent that Joe Arpaio was doing things illegally to people who were immigrants. He was keeping them from coming to the country because he didn’t believe they should be protected to come to the United States.
When Jim and Mike did this, they never realized the backlash that would come from it. The sheriff’s department broke into both of their homes. They were drug out and taken to prison, which was completely illegal. The entire thing was illegal and Joe Arpaio tried to pin some crime on them that they hadn’t done. What he didn’t realize is they had the support of millions of people standing behind them, and they were able to fight the charges unlike some of the other people Joe Arpaio had arrested in the past. They were ready to fight for themselves.
Joe Arpaio lost that battle. The men fought him hard enough that he was willing to settle out of court. They knew he would need to pay them a lot of money. When they got the money from the settlement, they decided to use it to help others who had been hurt by Joe Arpaio.
Lacey and Larkin Create Front Page Confidential and Charitable Fundraiser
After a run-in with corrupt former-Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have founded the Frontera Fund.
The Frontera Fund is a charitable group that works in association with other charities to provide a better life for the Hispanic community in Arizona. The Frontera Fund provides resources to other charities that participate in civil, human, and migrant rights issues. The Frontera Fund focuses on assisting the Hispanic community because they were the prime target of Joe Arpaio’s immoral actions.
The Hispanic community, of course weren’t the only victims of Joe Arpaio. In 1993, he created a self proclaimed concentration camp in the desert of Arizona called Tent City with the intention of fixing the overpopulation of prisons. Inmates were kept in tents that reached temperatures of over 130 degrees. While in the care of Arpaio, inmates died from the heat and committed suicide.
Larkin and Lacey are also victims of Arpaio. At the time they were working at The Phoenix New Times and running expose pieces on Arpaio and his immoral activities. When Arpaio heard of the reports, he arrested them for what they published in their paper. This was a blatant violation of their first amendment rights.
To combat such oppression, Lacey and Larkin have also founded a new paper called Front Page Confidential. The paper’s intention is to provide its readers with education and informative material relating to civil rights violations such as the violations they were subjugated to by Joe Arpaio.