There are a lot of things people don’t know about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. In fact, most Americans had no clue who the two men are until they were arrested and jailed by a crooked sheriff. Now, calling the sheriff crooked may seem harsh but considering everything he did to Lacey and Larkin, calling him crooked is an understatement.
To say the least, a Maricopa County sheriff named Joe Arpaio had Lacey and Larkin arrested for absolutely no legal reason. His pursuit of them was strictly a personal vendetta. Since their arrest, the two media executives sued the county and got a $3.75 million settlement.
Since the case ended, the two have worked to lessen their career stress. While it’s satisfying to win over a corrupt sheriff, Lacey and Larkin are not young men anymore. It was important to them to use their settlement to do something that will last long after they’re gone.
With their $3.75 million, they started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund supports local groups that fight for civil, human, migrant, and free speech rights. In particular, Lacey and Larkin support migrant rights. They’ve been supporters of the Latin community since their college days.
Their support of the Latin community made them fight against Sheriff Arpaio’s corruption. In many of their stories, they cited instances of Arpaio abusing Latinos. In some cases, he was abusing – or rather mistreating – jail inmates at the jails he managed. Some of those inmates died, and he covered it up. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Facebook
Once they began challenging his rule, he focused on them like the evil eye. He became obsessed with stopping them from writing any more stories. Eventually, he had them arrested in the shadiest manner possible. They were arrested in the middle of the night by heavily armed deputies who drove them away in unmarked SUVs with Mexican license plates.
According to Arpaio’s original claim, the duo was arrested for making up fake stories and posting them online as facts. The story that upset him most was about his repeated use of grand jury subpoenas to violate innocent people’s rights.
In particular, he tried to subpoena the names and personal information of every writer and editor that worked for Phoenix New Times. He also wanted the names and browsing history of the paper’s readers.
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