Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the founders of the Frontera Fund. This non-profit was one of the best thing that came out of their long and strange entanglement with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio is undoubtedly one of the most notorious law enforcement officers that ever put on a badge. His exploits are legendary, and he is the one person no one would want to be in the cross-hairs of.
Unfortunately, Larkin and Lacey found themselves in that position. The Village Voice executives made no bones about their disdain for the sheriff — and justifiably so. Arpaio had a long history of misdeeds against Hispanic citizens and migrants in the county.
For years, he had engaged in racial profiling and many other abuses. And once the thin-skinned sheriff got tired of seeing his name splashed across the pages of the Phoenix New Times, he decided he was going to do something about it.
Larkin and Lacey had penned a story about Arpaio, listing his evil deeds such as gross financial mismanagement, unexplained deaths inside his jails and the shackling of pregnant mothers to bed rails while they gave birth — and that was only the beginning. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
So, on the night of Oct. 7, 2007, Larkin and Lacey were taken from their home by members of Arpaio’s goon squad. The men were taken to separate jails and booked.
Sadly, Arpaio’s modus operandi was to use his minions in the Maricopa Attorney’s Office to carry out his orders.
Larkin and Lacey filed a lawsuit and in 2012, they were awarded a $3.75 million settlement. The lawsuit even further shed light on the awful, twisted mind of Arpaio and how he would stop at nothing to exact revenge upon those who stood against him.
Arpaio truly thought he was above the law. In 2011, he ignored the orders of a judge who told him to immediately cease traffic patrols that profiled Hispanics. He ignored it. He was hauled into court on criminal contempt charges.
Many people, including Larkin and Lacey thought this would be the time that the self touted “America’s Toughest Sheriff” would finally get his comeuppance.
Arpaio was saved from a jail sentence by his buddy President Donald Trump. The duo, who worked in lockstep with the birther movement, were two of a kind.
Both Larkin and Lacey are continuing their work with the Frontera Fund and advocating for the rights and free speech of Hispanic people. They continue to fight for the rights of immigrants and keep DACA news on the front page. They are also keeping individuals informed about Arpaio. He is currently making a move to run for the Senate in Arizona.