Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: The Unintended Legacy of Joe Arpaio

For anyone that is interested in how the Jim Larkin, Michael Lacey, and Joe Arpaio debacle unfolded, there is an article entitled “Larkin and Lacey Speak Out-What Happened to Joe Arpaio”. While many people know Joe Arpaio because of the circumstances surrounding his arrest and pardon, Arpaio has a significant history with Jim Larkin, Michael Lacey, and their publication the Phoenix New Times.

For much of his career as Sheriff, Arpaio saw substantial news coverage of his escapades within the pages of the Phoenix New Times. Arpaio had a sense of entitlement and felt as though the media coverage was not warranted. This led to a lot of misgivings and anger throughout his department.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey started their career at Arizona State University. It was there that they decided to found the Phoenix New Times. They saw a lot of injustices in their local community and inaccurate news coverage of those events.

It left him feeling as though only one side of the story was being told, something they could not tolerate. When they saw the work of Arpaio, they felt as though the only story that mattered was that Arpaio was cracking down on immigration in Arizona.

The real story was that he was engaging in stereotyping, profiling, and other blatant violations of migrant human rights. Larkin and Lacey were not afraid to report on this behavior, landing them in Arpaio’s crossfire.

Arpaio burst into their homes at night and arrested them for something that they had okayed for print in their paper. He used this very flimsy example to gain access to their records and perform a substantial, and a legal, prolonged search. The men secured representation immediately and then were released. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

They sued the Maricopa County Police Department because of the injustice they felt while being held. The judge ruled that their rights were violated, and they were awarded a large sum, $3.75 million, all of which they use to fund a nonprofit organization, the market, and Lacey Frontera Fund.

This is a very important part of the Arpaio timeline because, without his bigoted practices, it never would have been possible for Larkin and Lacey to found such a wonderful organization that is dedicated to helping the migrant population of Arizona.

If anything, the most heinous acts of Arpaio helped inspire people to push against him. They united for their community and the migrants that they knew or cared about. It suddenly became about protecting the community, new alliances were formed. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/ and http://reporterexpert.com/sheriff-arpaios-2017-criminal-conviction-clash-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/

While Arpaio pulled the police department in Maricopa County, it was a free-for-all of anger and chaos. Now that he is out of that position a more enlightened sheriff has stepped in to help create a sense of unity.

If anything, the American public has learned that you do not need to be a monster to be tough on crime. There is so much more that can be done when you look at a problem with grace, understanding, and a collaborative mindset that things are going to be better.