Presidential pardons have always been met with mixed feelings, and one of the more recent presidential pardons is no different. It would be a mistake to think that the pardoning of Joe Arpaio by President Donald Trump has been met with positive approval.
In fact, there doesn’t seem to be too many people that are happy about it at all. About a decade ago he approved the illegal arrests of two journalists who worked for the Phoenix New Times. These journalists were Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, and Joe Arpaio had them arrested because they had been writing about the acts he had been committing over the last years.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were more than aware of the atrocities the Sheriff had been committing, and some of what he had done included harassing people solely based on their skin color and nationality, abusing inmates in his “Tent City” prison where many had to endure temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit and where a woman gave birth while shackled to a bed, and encouraging his staff to racially profile individuals.
They continued to shine a light on his activities, and this eventually angered him so much that he had them arrested and taken to two separate jails that he ran under the cover of night. Many people were happy when they heard that Joe Arpaio had been arrested and would be facing charges for his criminal acts ans deeds. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media
That mood was depleted when news was released that President Trump had decided to pardon him. While there is still hope that the man will have to face his crimes some day, many believe he, unfortunately, never will.
Michael Lacey grew up in Newark, New Jersey and was the kid of a construction worker. He moved to Arizona in the latter part of the 1960’s to study at Arizona State University.
He eventually left the school after deciding to become a part of the Phoenix New Times, which would operate to provide people an alternative point of view rather than only getting news from conservative sources that seemed to dominate the media. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
He served the Phoenix New Times as its Executive Editor and helped to grow it into a well-known paper that covered social and political issues. He hopes that Latinos in the United States will eventually get equal treatment and fights for their rights every day.
Jim Larkin is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and he left Arizona State University to team up with Michael Lacy so they could startup the Phoenix New Times. He took on the role of advertising for the publication and grew the paper’s audience until it reached a national level.
He has always been a supporter of equal rights for everyone in the United States and has found the treatment of Latinos by Joe Arpaio in the state of Arizona to be abhorrent. He has vowed to fight for the lives of the Latino people who are mistreated every day in the U.S.A. and hopes to see the day when equal rights for all prevail.