The power of the people usually come from the voice of the minority. Those who don’t want to stick with the status quo will voice out their discontent and will want to change it.
An example of these people are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are now the activists who push for immigration rights and issues and other threats to these groups’ freedoms.
In the latest news from the Phoenix New Times, we can read more about the two journalists push for their opinion about the latest controversy that involves them: the pardon of what they call as America’s Worst Sheriff.
The Story Behind
You may remember that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the two journalists that were illegally detained after Former Sheriff of Maricopa Country Joe Arpaio entered into their homes without the warrant because he wanted to stop the two journalists’ work and investigation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The illegal detention was such a big issue and was such an invasion of privacy that the case won in favor of the two journalists.
They won a $3.75 million settlement lawsuit in 2013 when the board of supervisors in the county were sued, which is all enclosed in the Melendres v. Arpaio’ case records.
It is also in the article that we can find the public statements of Larkin against Arpaio. He stated in the Phoenix New Times article that Arpaio was “one great liar and a terrible jailer.”
He also publicly claimed that what Arpaio was doing for the candidacy of Trump was such a political move to attempt to make sure that he still retains his sheriff position.
The Pardon Story
When Trump gave the pardon to the sheriff that now spares him from the costs of what he did, Lacy and Larkin believed that Trump was only doing that to make sure that he gets the people who support Arpaio.
He wants to pander to them. It was also stunning for bother journalists to say that Arpaio was publicly claiming that Mexicans are dirty in an interview at the GQ magazine. It was also shocking news that no one declaimed the public wrong of the statement that Arpaio gave about how he approves of being likened to a Ku Klux Klan member.
Amid all this chaos, it is evident that there’s still so much talk about Joe Arpaio’s pardon.
Many people online expressed their outrage at the act. Many people said that it was not fair and it was not a form of justice to what the Lacey and Larkin did when Arpaio was pardoned. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter
It must also be useful for any diligent researcher to know that the $3.75 million Maricopa County money is now being used by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to form the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which helps immigrants being compromised by the police to find refuge and support.
With their recent launch of the journalism they started, which is the Front Page Confidential, there is now better avenue for people to express their passion and support for Free Speech and the upholding of the First Amendment.