There are many things that happen in life, including the good, bad, and the ugly. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two heroes, have done everything to help communities in Arizona fight against oppression. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
On the other hand, Joe Arpaio is a super-villain who has done everything in his power to undermine human rights.
So where did these three individuals meet? The story of Jim, Michael, and Joe begins in Maricopa County, a zone where Arpaio was the designated sheriff. Joe Arpaio, instead of strengthening the sheriff’s department weakened it by using brute force against immigrants hailing from the Hispanic community.
To say the least, there was no given time when sane community members found Joe much deserving of praise. The county sheriff, since assuming office, has received a lot of backlash from leaders too, who felt that he has to pull his socks in matters surrounding law and enforcement.
Arpaio, being a rebellious man, sued people from left, right, and center. Unfortunately, his efforts never paid off as he was not even able to keep Jim and Michael off his back. Larkin and Lacey, two passionate journalists exposed Arpaio for the man he was and that is when the trouble began.
The enraged Joe whisked the duo from their homes and locked them up in jail for twenty-four days. Recall, Arpaio was always the villain in the eyes of the people and so after a lot of public pressure, he had no other choice other than to release the duo.
However, Larkin and Lacey never took the arrest lightly. It is shortly after their release that they sued Maricopa County, a case that took more than five years to solve. The good news is that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey won the case, one of the reasons they are wealthy today.
The ruling, having favored the two journalists, granted them a settlement of over three and a half million dollars. Unlike most people, Jim and Michael have put their fortune to good use, by helping immigrants from Arizona find life bearable. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, for instance, is an initiative that has supported many organizations that advocate for human and civil rights the world over.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who began their career at Phoenix New Times have since resumed their journalistic duties.
The duo is trying and anything and everything to ensure that people like Joe Arpaio never find the opportunity of oppressing innocent Latinos, all because of their Latino background again.
Arpaio who was previously serving his jail term has since gotten freed all thanks to the pardon issued by President Donald Trump.
It might seem dark but the light is fast approaching. Today Jim and Michael are using every weapon in their arsenal, including their organization to promote free speech, peace, love, and unity in the region. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/
It is, therefore, beyond the shadow of a doubt that Jim and Michael have given their all to help the helpless and hopeless find hope. Were it not for them, then Maricopa County would be a completely different place all thanks to the unruly Joe Arpaio.