In 2007, two Phoenix journalists were arrested in their homes during the night by armed deputies on the order of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County. The two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, have been working to protect the rights of Hispanos and Latinos in Phoenix and the state of Arizona as a whole.
In that night of 2007, they were arrested without ground for an expose that they wrote about the Sheriff and published on the news outlet of Phoenix New Times.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio targeted Hispanos and Latinos no matter f they had documents or not. He also issued orders for the deputies to do the same. Not only that, but the sheriff had also started targeting journalists and newspapers who had been calling him out on the negligence of his duties.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received a demand for information on the editors, journalists, and even the readers of their publication. Thye did not cave in under the pressure but instead published an expose about it all. Sheriff Joe Arpaio answered with an arrest of the two journalists, but the outcome of the situation did not go in his favor.
There was a strong backlash from the way Larkin and Lacey had been arrested. They have driven away in unmarked cars which ironically had Mexican license plates on them. They were also put into separate jails which were both managed by Sheriff Arpaio. The outroar made the authorities release Lacey and Larkin in less than 24 hours. There was n question that they were detained illegally.
At the end of the ordeal, Lacey and Larkin filed a case against the county and the Sheriff. It was no surprise to anyone that they won the case. In 2013 after a long legal battle, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received a large settlement that the Maricopa County had to pay amounting to $3.7 million.
The money was used for the establishment of an organization called the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund provides support for non-profit organizations and groups which extend their services to Hispanics and Latinos n the territory of the state of Arizona.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is one of the organizations that have to fix the damage caused by Joe Arpaio who was pardoned by Trump as they have been friends for long years and so he will not be punished for any of crimes.