Despite cases of racial discrimination being reported Joe Arpaio the county Sherriff of Arizona continued profiling Latinos and other immigrants who were seeking services at the immigration office, the sheriff also arrested and detained immigrants without cause and charged them with suspicion a ruling which a court found to lack adequate proof.
Due to public outcry reporters, Michel Lacey and Jim Larkin did an article that targeted these claims against Arpaio without their knowledge that the case against the sheriff was an ongoing investigation leading to their arrest.
Joe Apario used this arrest to arrange for a particular prosecutor attorney Andrew Thomas to write a subpoena against the New Times asking them to provide all documentation relating to the story that Jim and Lacey did, as well as all internet website traffic information of the article.
In a bid to get information about the people who had read the article about human rights violations done by the sheriff and his staff and a case about his real estate dealings. Seeing as he could not pursue charges the attorney dropped the case against the two.
After their arrest, more newspapers picked up the Arpaio’s story based on the Jim and Lacey article and did more publications and reports making the case attract a lot of attention and receive national coverage. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
24 days after their arrest Jim and Lacey were released and went ahead to file a suit against the sheriff and releasing more incriminating material on corruption and malpractices, this suit settled for $3.7 million.
Because of the negative publicity from the cases against Arpaio, he did not get re-elected to a seventh term in office and in 2007 he got arrested for being in contempt of court in a Melendres suit. Despite this though, Arpaio aligned himself with Trump during his campaign and endorsed his candidacy very early even when most people were sure he could not get past the nomination stage.
This strategy helped Arpaio who received a pardon from President Donald Trump after he took office in the former sheriff’s defense the president explained that nationalists viewed him as a hero.
During the Sheriff’s tenure in office, the Latino community was undermined, and the officers that worked under Arpaio propagated the racist policies and nationalists supported this cause claiming that the sheriff and his office were protecting them from “Illegal Immigrants.” Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media
Human right movements started to come up as a result of the cases that were reported against Arpaio and rallied around the Latino community seeking to help them.
One such group is Jim and Lacey who used the proceeds from the settlement to create the Frontera Fund, a group that helps Latinos and other marginalized communities to fight for their First Amendment Rights.
This fund gained momentum and followers and as a result, applied more pressure on Arpaio’s administration and their efforts gained more traction when the sheriff was charged with criminal contempt in 2017.
Despite the president’s pardon people are more aware of his misdeeds since the case captured enough attention and there is hope that his racial segregation agenda can permanently be abolished.