Arpaio Receives Presidential Pardon In Spite of Multiple Heinous Crimes
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were two people who were at the forefront of the movement that arose against Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County. Their efforts to seek justice for the people who have been wronged by him did eventually pay off when he was sentenced to jail time in October 2017. The case against him was a long and perilous one and lasted for ten long years before a sentence was finally given to him.
However, just a month after the people at the forefront of this movement thought that their goal had finally be achieved, President Donald Trump came forward to announce that he would be granted a Presidential Pardon to Joe, thereby letting him go free and not have to serve the sentence that was bestowed upon him.
Arpaio was known for several accounts of crimes against humanity, especially inflicted on people belonging to the African American community. He was known to abuse his power as the Sheriff of Maricopa County and would arrest people belonging to this community, even for minor faults. He would bribe jurors to get the plaintiff a sentence that was longer than he or she would usually get.
He tried to get as many Latin American people inside the prisons that he was overseeing so that he could inflict several acts of torture on them. The conditions that the prison was kept in were also something that put a lot of media attention on Arpaio.
He was someone who regularly inflicted acts of violence on members of the prisons. They were denied the necessities that people need to survive, which resulted in a lot more deaths than any other prison in the state.
These atrocities led to several movements, to get Arpaio removed from his position, and to protest against the harsh treatments that these prisons were imposing on the inmates that they have there.
Lacey and Larkin were also two people who were subjected to these acts of injustice, which is what prompted them to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which was one of the organizations at the forefront of the movement against Arpaio. Before the incident took place, Lacey and Larkin ran a newspaper in the state of Arizona called the Phoenix New Times.
There had been a lot of word about the wrongdoings of Joe Arpaio, and Lacey and Larkin decided to publish an article on it. As soon as the article was published, both Lacey and Larkin were arrested and falsely detained for forty-eight hours before they were let go. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
Joe Arpaio was the one that called on the arrest and wanted to teach Lacey and Larkin a lesson so that they would not write about him in the future. However, what Arpaio did was against the law, and Lacey and Larkin decided to bring this matter in front of a court of law.
The case ended with Maricopa County offering both Lacey and Larkin a compensatory amount of three million.
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