Larkin and Lacey

Last month marked the end of the case of former Sherriff of Maricopa County, Mr. Joe Arpaio. This was after U.S. District judge based in Arizona Justice Susan Bolton upheld the decision of President Donald Trump to pardon Mr. Joe Arpaio. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/jim_larkin and http://james-larkin.com/

The former sheriff had been convicted earlier in July after he ignored a court order. This case had dragged on since 2007, and the judge’s decision wasn’t surprising as there was a general feeling that Mr. Arpaio wasn’t going to get convicted.

The end of the case comes as a blow to former Phoenix News Times co-owners, Michael Lacey, and Jim Larkin. The two were on the forefront in unearthing the scandals that blighted Mr. Arpaio’s career as a Sheriff.

Both were victims of Mr. Arpaio’s brutality having been arrested at some point in the past. After being released, Lacey wrote a detailed account of the injustices that were spearheaded by the Sherriff.

Lacey condemned the president’s action of pardoning Mr. Arpaio. He said that both the president and the former sheriff were rogue individuals who encouraged racism and torture. He just couldn’t believe how a man who brutally murdered and tortured prisoners could be released scot-free. Lacey and Larkin were some of the most knowledgeable people concerning Mr. Arpaio’s dealings in prison.

They never gave him breathing space as they published article after another describing the state of the prison that Mr. Arpaio was in command. This led to their arrest, and from inside they had a firsthand experience of what indeed happened in the jails.

The former sheriff was a feared man as he was ruthless in dealing with criminals. He would make them do things that were dehumanizing such as making them wear pink underwear and stripped swimsuits against their will. He also fed them on rotten foods and made them do loads of things that were embarrassing.

Some of the other wrongs that were exposed by the paper include the following:

  • The opening of the infamous Tent City in 1993. This facility had very harsh living conditions. During the summer, temperatures could rise to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The prisoners inside the facility were often mistreated. Those who refused to obey Mr. Arpaio’s commands were brutally beaten. Expectant mothers were tied to their beds during delivery.
  • There were many deaths in the prisons that were never reported to the public. Lacey documented one of these mistreatments whereby a diabetic woman went into a coma after being denied treatment. In another case, prisoners died from suffocation after they were tied to restraint chairs. Lacey also documented that there were numerous cases of suicide in this jail. The cases were higher than any other facility in the country.
  • Mr. Arpaio also misused his position as a Sheriff. He investigated, arrested and tarnished the name of political rivals. He also accused former president of the United States, Barrack Obama of having forged his birth certificate.
  • Mr. Arpaio also embarrassed Latinos by arresting them unconstitutionally and launching investigations on whether they were in the country legally.

Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

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