Since 1992 when Joe Arpaio was inaugurated as the sheriff of Maricopa County, impunity and anarchy had been the order of the day. A lot of people who belonged to the immigrants’ groups were discriminated against and also oppressed. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase
This came as an order from the sheriff to his public officers to mistreat the members of these groups since they believed they were inferior compared to the Native Americans.
He had even established a Grand Jury that would specifically investigate and execute the immigrants, who were mainly the Latinos and the Hispanics. This went for too long until in 2007, two journalists, Lacey and Larkin felt that the sheriff’s administration had gone beyond boundaries.
Before then, no media house could speak openly about the misdeeds of either sheriff Arpaio or his administration because they had been threatened and they were afraid of getting incarcerated. Everyone was aware of the oppression to which these immigrants groups were subjected, but they all remained silent in fear of the sheriff’s wrath.
However, the bravery of Michael Lacey and his counterpart Jim Larkin came to the rescue of the oppressed Latinos. What they did, they published the ill behaviors of the administration of Sheriff Arpaio on their newspaper that they called the Village Voice Media.
Besides the exposure of the misdeeds of the sheriff, they also disclosed that Arpaio had illegally formed a Grand Jury that used to perform extra-judicial executions to the members of the immigrants’ groups whenever they were apprehended.
This publication caught the anger of the sheriff, and as usual, he ordered the immediate arrest and apprehension of the two journalists. This followed the same night when instructed police officers ambushed the homes of the Jim and Michael with unfriendly Knocks at their doorsteps.
This never came as a surprise to the duo since it was very expected. After the ambush, Lacey and Jim were dragged to the police vehicles that later drove off to the prisons where the two were detained.
The following morning, the members of the community that resided near the two journalists in Phoenix received the sad news of the arrest of Jim and Michael. They responded in an uproar that led to the immediate release of the two journalists who acted as the voice of the oppressed. However, their release was not enough. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://frontpageconfidential.com/fbi-arrest-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/ and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
They filed a lawsuit against the sheriff and his rogue administration for illegally detaining them. The case was later heard and determined by the Court of Appeal where the county of Maricopa was ordered to pay the two journalists a total of $3.8 million.
To the wisdom of the two journalists, they used the funds to establish a unique fund that would be used to fight for the rights of the marginalized immigrants’ communities. This was the Frontera fund.