It seems that former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio has more lives than a cat. Many of his detractors cheered when he was convicted of criminal contempt in July of 2017.
Many people though that just maybe Arpaio would finally get his comeuppance after decades of wrong doing. Many were salivating at the prospect of seeing this man lead out of his home and into a courthouse in shackles.
After President Donald Trump pardoned the embattled sheriff, Arpaio has seemingly once again escaped the clutches of justice. It shouldn’t be much of a shock for those who know about the relationship between Trump and Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Before Trump ran for president, he was one of President Barack Obama’s loudest critics. He was also one of the main proponents of the “birther” movement. And Arpaio gladly joined in supplying even more support for the movement.
The self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” has a long history of abuses during his 24-year tenure at the Maricopa County Jail. He has been accused of everything from racial profiling, turning a blind eye to suspicious deaths and beatings and not providing adequate healthcare.
For years Arpaio orchestrated a full on assault against Hispanic Americans in Maricopa County. He continuously violated the rights of citizens all while thumbing his nose at anyone who spoke out against him — and defying the rulings of judges who agreed that he was in fact operating in an illegal fashion.
But in one of the most outrageous acts of constitutional rights violations, Arpaio had two men — Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin — arrested on Oct. 17, 2007 for speaking out about his illegal activities.
The scathing full-page spread which appeared in the Phoenix New Times, explored all of Arpaio’s abuses from illegal money exchanges to mismanagement to brutal tactics employed by his deputies.
The men were led from their houses in handcuffs, shoved into dark vans with Mexican license plates and taken away. They were later booked on unspecified charges. Both men later won a $3.2 million judgement against Maricopa County and Arpaio. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Rather than spend the money, the men created the Frontera Fund, an initiative that supports Latino Americans who have suffered from intimidation and racism.
While Arpaio has managed to escape justice many feel he deserve, some feel that it’s not over yet. Larkin and Lacey say they will continue to shine a spotlight on Arpaio, all while working for the people he harmed.