Lacey and Larkin Still Speak Out on Jim Arpaio
The pardon of Jim Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona is still a sore subject for many of the residents in Maricopa County. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two of the most outspoken individuals about the case called themselves victims of Jim Arpaio’s work. That work they say was being wrongfully arrested after publishing information in an article about the sheriff and some controversial topics regarding the sheriff.
Lacey and Larkin published the information together when working for the Phoenix New Times, but when the pardon for Arpaio was given in October 2017 by President Donald Trump, they were upset with the end result.
What was the tipping point for Lacey and Larkin? The two men say that it came when the pardon was given, after an aggressive sentencing by Judge Susan Bolton. These two men claim that the reason Arpaio was sentenced criminally was for racial profiling back in 2002.
With more than a decade passing, they are shocked at the end result, but they say that they are still fighting for Hispanic and Latino rights. The two men have done some homework since they were released, and that homework is a website that they say aids in defending the innocent from racial profiling, as well as the First Amendment.
The two men also say that Arpaio fought hard against illegal immigration. They say that this was in fact because of Arpaio’s inability to tolerate individuals from different races. They maintain that they were detained without cause, and that it was done illegally.
Lacey and Larkin focused on working together on a project that they call the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This is to give grants for migrants-rights, specifically in Arizona, but it could be applicable elsewhere as the interest in the fund continues to grow.
This organization works to support non-profit groups and organizations that are focused on helping Hispanics and Latinos to get what they need, as well as to learn more about how these groups are being targeted by law enforcement.
The hope is that the Frontera Fund will do its job for what it can do, although the outcome of the case cannot be changed, and Arpaio will no longer face jail time. The clock cannot be turned back on this issue, but these two men say that they want to make sure it doesn’t.
They have now launched a website called Front Page Confidential, a website that is dedicated to this cause. This site has also been an announcement for their return to journalism and they are going to work as hard as they can to protect free speech, no matter what.