The topic of Joe Arpaio and the several acts that he committed has been of national importance for several years now. Organizations have formed, people have mobilized, and opinions have been tossed around about the former Sheriff of Maricopa County.
People have been agitated, tossed aside their faith in the government and have worked hard to see this man behind bars. In spite of all the efforts that the people of America have put in, the legal system still works against them, and in favor of those who possess a lot of power and money.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was one organization that had worked hard to see Joe Arpaio pay for the crimes that he had committed. The organization was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two individuals who wanted to help society know about the ill activities that their sheriff was participating in.
They ran a newspaper and decided to release an article about Arpaio, following which they were arrested by the man himself. After being released, Lacey and Larkin knew that it was time for them to take matters into their own hands and decided to file a suit against Arpaio.
The duo ended up receiving a compensatory amount of three million, but they knew that someone like Arpaio needed to be imprisoned if they wanted him to pay for the multiple crimes that he had been committing through the years. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
During the twenty-five years that Arpaio stood as the Sheriff of Maricopa County, he was engaged in a number of crimes, most of which were inflicted on members of the Latin American community. He possessed white supremacist views and saw everyone of a different race as inferior them him.
He wanted Arizona to be a white only state and tried to deport as many Latin Americans as possible, even if it meant resorting to illegal means to be able to do so. He would regularly bribe jury members to get cases motioned in his favor, and so that harsher sentences would be inflicted as compared to what was usually given.
The man was also known for keeping his prisons in atrocious conditions. The prisons that he supervised were dubbed as American concentration camps because of the conditions that they were held in.
The inmates were tortured on a regular basis, out of which many of them were killed as a result of some of the other kind of violence inflicted on them. Those who survived the torture often resulted in suicide as their only escape from the hell that they were forced to live in. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/
The inmates were almost always denied basic facilities, and all of the state funds that were being allocated to these prisons were being laundered off to Arpaio and his many endeavors.
His racist views and opinions resonate with that of Trump, which is why many people predicted that the President would use his pardon to free Arpaio from the sentence that he was given.