Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, may be free, but the actions he did to thousands of immigrants living in Maricopa County will remain in the minds of many people for a long time. He used the powers placed in the office of the sheriff to oppress a particular section of the community living in Maricopa County.
His main target was the undocumented immigrants. As a person who did not accept immigration, he orchestrated a very harsh treatment of the immigrants.
Arpaio belongs to the group of immigrants that believe in the superiority of their race over others. While he was working as the sheriff, he believed that the immigrants were the cause of the challenges that the country face. Although that is far-fetched, Arpaio and others thought the only remedy would be to get rid of all of Latino origin.
Joe Arpaio also referred to as the “Toughest Sheriff in America” has always been an advocate of human discrimination. He became prominent in the United States after he demanded the birth certificate of the then president, Barack Obama. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times
He was cheered on by likeminded people who saw him as a hero for making such a bold move. Among the people who were on his side is President Donald Trump.
Joe Arpaio was elected as sheriff in 1992 after retiring as a drug enforcement officer. He ruled for 24 years- until 2016. By the time he was leaving the position of the sheriff, he had committed many atrocities that he did not deserve to join the people as a free man. Arpaio belonged to the jails, but he never had to go through such things since he had a friend in President Trump who was ready to shoulder all the challenges that he was going through.
Arpaio v Lacey &Larkin
Joe Arpaio was rogue and wanted no one interfering with his activities. He did not want anyone exposing him. To him, everything he was doing was right. It is these actions which placed him on a line of altercation with Larkin and Lacey.
These two were journalists who used the Phoenix New Times to tell the people about the atrocities which were happening under the rule of Arpaio.
Arpaio was angered that the two were focusing on what he was doing. He initiated a mission to retaliate for the way they had exposed him. In 2007, he sent his officers to arrest and jail them.
Lacey and Larkin stayed in jail for about 24 hours after which they were released due to public pressure. The move by the sheriff was unjust as it was against the freedom of the media and the freedom of expression.
After they were released, they initiated a court case against the sheriffs. In the case, they accused the state of harassment. The court case ended with a compensation of $3.75 million on behalf of Lacey and Larkin.
Larkin and Lacey have an organization known as the Frontera Fund which they use to support the activities of human and rights groups in Arizona.