The role of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in the struggle for equal rights in the United States is one of the most remarkable attempts made by private citizens against government officials. These two are veteran journalists and the founders of the Phoenix New Times, a paper that has been in circulation for four decades. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://angel.co/jim-larkin-1 and http://james-larkin.com/recent-news/
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the power of the media to outline the crimes which were happening in the country. Among the prominent cases, they featured was the case of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County. The sheriff left a poor legacy of supporting victimization of the immigrants in the county.
Lacey and Larkin published stories about the sheriff illegal actions exposing him to the public. Among the things which did was arresting undocumented immigrants in the county and subjecting them to human rights violations. Immigrants were placed in concentration camps which lacked every bit of respect for human rights.
The conditions in these concentration camps were so horrible that temperatures would go up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Under such condition, human life is almost unbearable. Despite this fact, Arpaio went ahead to place more and more immigrants in these camps making it even harder for people to live a good life in these facilities.
Lacey and Larkin used their powers in the media to highlight all these atrocities to the public. According to the law of the land, it is illegal to mistreat any human being. So, all the actions of Joe Arpaio were illegal and deserved to be punished. Arpaio, however, used the powers placed in the office of the sheriff to bitch up any investigations into his conduct.
He ruled the county for 24 years, after winning the position for six terms. The reason he won the seat was that he segregated the immigrants and won the support of the conservatives who supported his stand on immigration.
Joe Arpaio lost his seat for the first time in 2017. At the same time, his friend whom he campaigned for aggressively won the seat of the President of the United States. President Trump is a close ally of the former sheriff. When he left office, it was clear that he was going to face charges for the crimes he committed. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
He was taken to court in July 2017 and was found guilty of ignoring court orders on a case of harassment of immigrants. He was to be sentenced in October of the same year. However, the much-anticipated sentencing did not happen. President Trump came to the rescue of the sheriff. He gave him a presidential pardon which meant that he would not be sentenced.
The action of President Trump disappointed many human right activists in the country who had hoped the victims of the inhumane actions of Arpaio would get justice.
Led by Lacey and Larkin, they registered their disappointment although they cited the action as not surprising coming from a fellow racist in the white house.