A recent article by Tom Finkel on Frontpageconfidential.com entitled “Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on the Enduring Sins of Joe Arpaio, America’s Worst Sheriff” discusses the difficult history that exists between the Phoenix New Times creators, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, and the former Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
Since his election in 1992, Arpaio had earned quite a notorious reputation as a biased Sheriff who frequently misused his position of authority. In fact, one of the key square off moments between Arpaio, Larkin, and Lacey were when Arpaio arrested the media journalists for exposing information related to a grand jury inquiry into their practices.
As a result, the Maricopa police department arrested Lacey and Larkin in the dead of night inside of their residences. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
What the media journalist didn’t know was that it had all been a set up from Arpaio’s office, but what Arpaio didn’t know is that his arrest of the two men would constitute a horrendous civil rights violation that would cost the Maricopa police department 3.75 million dollars to settle.
In addition to losing this court battle, Arpaio has also been the subject of other lawsuits. One of the other more famous lawsuits is the Melendres suit. This spawned from Arpaio and his police force repeatedly using racial profiling to target immigrants located in Arizona.
They were even found to be in contempt of court for continuing to engage in this type of behavior well after they had been ordered to stop and came under the supervision of a court monitor. While President Trump issued a pardon for the former sheriff, Arpaio was not able to keep his position is Maricopa County after his egregious violations. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Larkin’s general feelings on Arpaio are that. he was a terrible sheriff, but he knew what he needed to do politically to ensure that he would not suffer too badly from his own actions. Larkin and Lacey have now dedicated the money that they received from their settlement to advancing the interests of the migrant population of Arizona through their Frontera fund.
While they were able to benefit from the situation that Arpaio put them through they knew it was not always the case for some of his other victims. They wanted to use the money they received to fight back.
Larkin and Lacey have always spoken for the people. In 1970, after dropping out of college, Larkin and Lacey produced their first issue of the Phoenix New Times. This newspaper was going to be a response to the ultra-conservative papers that the people of Arizona had become accustomed to. Larkin and Lacey wanted to make sure that all facts were equally represented, and they looked at this as an opportunity to enlighten the public.
Because their paper met such a growing need, they saw quick success and expanded their operation to purchase 17 like-minded papers throughout the United States. Some very well-known papers under their leadership are the LA Weekly, Miami New Times, and the Village Voice. Larkin and Lacey set out to inspire change, and they continue to do that with their work.