Recently, in Arizona, a United States District judge validated the presidential pardon issued by Donald Trump for Joe Arpaio. Joe Arapio was the former sheriff of Maricopa County until a scandal involving Mr. Lacey and Mr. Larkin hit the news.
He was convicted last July for criminal contempt as a result of ignoring a federal judge’s orders under a 2007 lawsuit for racial profiling.
Joe Arpaio was known around New Mexico for discriminating against immigrants and people of color. His sentence date was nearing until Trump cut him the biggest break of his life. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Joe Arapio is neither a constitutional man nor a man of great fortitude. He made his entire career off the backs of underprivileged, underrepresented, and disenfranchised groups of people. His war on immigrants was staged specifically for the aim of political profit.
After his deputies caught a vigilante holding a group of seven illegal aliens at gunpoint at a highway rest stop, he initially wanted to prosecute the man, but after seeing the overwhelming amount of support for the native he decided to launch a task force to round up Latinos and force them to prove their citizenship status. This was a gross infringement on their Constitutional right to privacy. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey
The history of sheriff Joe Arapio is a long and sordid history. His jails were notorious for inmate beatings, deaths, suicides, and despicable living conditions. He routinely served inmates rotten food and chained mothers to their beds while they were in labor.
His “tent city” concentration camp was the site of unspeakable horrors, atrocities, and infringements on human rights. As his prison grew ever more over crowded, his tents lined the New Mexico desert where summertime temperatures can soar into triple digits. Famine, dehydration, and heat stroke were common.
In their popular paper, New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin shed light into the dark world over which Joe Arapio seemed to reign. They investigated his crimes against humanity and reported everything in gory detail.
Their publication was so successful they built a branch in New York and have been featured in the New York Times. Joe Arapio wanted the publication silenced. He had the two arrested under the guise of night and drug them from their homes.
After it was found that the arrest was improper, the two were freed. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded more than $3 million in their settlement with Maricopa County.