Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are birds of a feather. They were brought together by there love for accurate and independent news, and this is what has driven the two former owners of the Phoenix new times.
Their passion for covering the ills that faced society as well as holding those in power and holding public office to account was something that brought trouble to there doors. They are now the founders of the Frontera fund one of the most active and vocal advocate of latino rights. They have been very active in the past in this area and continued to be to date. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
They began this fight in Maricopa County which is in Arizona. After observing sheriff, Joe Arpaio continuously harassed, intimidate and racially profile Hispanic people in the county they could not just remain silent and do nothing about the situation.
Through there publication the phoenix new times they would focus on his misdeeds, and they reported on the same without fear or favor. For the six terms since 1992 that he was sheriff he ran one of the most corrupt and racially oppressive sheriff’s offices in the country. The death of inmates in his custody was the highest in the entire country.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey continuously covered this including the case of a woman who slipped into a coma after she was denied her medication despite her informing the sheriff and his officers that she had diabetes. This would soon be followed by the death of a veteran who was apparently killed during a jail riot.
The sheriff was also accused of numerous other crimes that included the mismanagement and subversion of more than 100 million dollars that were meant for jails. He would open a tented jail that was intended to address the problem of overcrowding, but it ended up doing more damage than good.
This was observed by the fact that inmates were often brutally beaten, expectant women shackled to their beds as they gave birth and all this in a camp that would get to a hundred and thirty-five degrees during summer.
The sheriff would also use his position to conduct illegal arrest as well as investigations against his rivals. This was a style that was meant to intimidate those that dared critic him, and he ensured that he had a group of officers that towed his line when enforcing this illegal acts. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook
He was later found guilty in Melendres v. Arpaio’s a case that could have seen him convicted. The case has incurred the county over seventy million dollars to date. The sheriff had formed an alliance with Donald Trump, and thus it came as no surprise when the president granted the sheriff a pardon even before his conviction date.
This marked the path to freedom for a man who has overseen some of the most atrocious crimes in a sheriffs office in recent history. For those who know the history of the 85-year-old, they would have been glad if the man had paid for his actions.