Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin on the night of October 2007. Under the guidance of armed deputies whose jurisdiction is Maricopa County, the Selective Enforcement Unit put the two in custody. As the leaders of the Village Voice Media, Lacey and Larkin were charged with disseminating sensitive information concerning a filed case. Forcibly evacuated from their homes in Phoenix, the duo was shoved into a black yet unmarked SUV dominated by tinted windows. Arpaio booked the duo into isolated cells where he served as the manager.
A quick look into the case suggested that Arpaio was the investigator. Also known as the toughest and most reliable sheriff in the United States of America, Joe Arpaio was furious about Lacey and Larkin’s determination to pull his name into the books of corruption. The duo has published an article concerning Joe’s gross misconduct in office. His misdeeds were now out of the dirty docket. According to the article published by Phoenix New Times, Joe was just an extra trouble maker in the department. Mainstream newspapers indicated that Joe was a lead sheriff in fostering incompetence.
One of the articles indicated that he abused power by instigating illegal demands on the people of Arizona. His constant retaliatory abuse of institution contributed to the writing of the said articles. An additional charge on his side indicated that he practiced substandard health provision in the office. On mistreatment and preventable deaths, Joe Arpaio was the lead character. That is why Lacey and Larkin took to the stage to write articles about his malpractices. His systematic persecution as well as racial profiling contributed to the whistle blowing.
During Lacey and Larkin’s arrest, the reasons behind it seemed unclear. However, several pointers indicated that the duo played a pivotal role in highlighting Joe’s character in office. As a result, New Times revealed the grievous assault by giving their story a chance to be read by the people. Arpaio is said to have received concrete help from the attorney’s office. Lacey and Larkin were commanded to surrender their browsing details to the court in order for their IP addresses to be investigated. Being brave, they produced the requirements. In writing, there was a clear indication that the two media personalities were innocent. There only mistake, which can be termed as a constructive mistake or misdoing was helpful in saving many lives in prison. This is because Arpaio’s misconduct extended to the cells. Following a loud outcry by the people, Lacey and Larkin were released and settled at an invaluable cost of approximately $ 3.7 million.
Larkin and Lacey Fight Against Oppression
After two Phoenix New Times reporters had their first amendment rights violated in 2007, they won a lawsuit worth almost 4 million dollars. The duo are now using that money to fund two new projects:Front Page Confidential and the Frontera Fund.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the victims, said they they will use Front Page Confidential, their new newspaper, as a way to inform people about civil rights issues concerning the first amendment. The journalists are fighting to make sure that nothing like what happened to them happens to anyone else.
The Frontera Fund has a different, but just as noble, objective. The Frontera Fund participates in activities concerning migrant-rights for Hispanic Arizona residents.
The reason for these valiant efforts is their unlawful arrest by controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2007, Arpaio had the two journalists arrested once he discovered that they were currently running a journalistic investigation of Arpaio’s controversial past. In a blatant violation of Larkin and Lacey’s first amendment, deputies seized them and had them in custody for just under 24 hour before the charges were dropped.
Now that Larkin and Lacey’s legal battles are behind them, the real fight has just started. By utilizing their newest forms of attack, The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential, the duo have began a battle against oppression and corruption.