Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two journalists from the State of Arizona. The two rose to prominence after they established two media outlets namely Phoenix New Times and Village Voice media. These two media outlets have been used to expose all the illegalities that go on in the country.
In fact, one of the cases which have made Lacey and Larkin prominent journalists is the way they have focused on human right violators. The Phoenix new Time was specifically on point in highlighting the actions of the former sheriff of Maricopa County- Joe Arpaio. They accused the two of using his office to facilitate atrocities against immigrants living in his county. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Lacey and Larkin paid a lot of attention to the former sheriff whom they found to have been behind some of the worst atrocities in modern America. Joe Arpaio was elected as the sheriff in the county after serving a career as a Drug Enforcement Agent.
He was elected sheriff in 1992 and served to 2016 when he was ejected from the seat after becoming increasingly unpopular for the atrocities that he committed to immigrants. He lost the seat on his 7th bid for the seat. In the 24 years, he was the sheriff, numerous cases of human rights violation happened which were all published by Lacey and Larkin in their media outlets. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/ and http://reporterexpert.com/sheriff-arpaios-2017-criminal-conviction-clash-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/
Lacey and Larkin would face the same atrocities he was committing to immigrants in 2007 when they published a story that showed the details of a grand jury that had permitted him to search the offices of the media station.
Lacey and Larkin learned about the secret subpoena and published it on the paper. Joe Arpaio was aggrieved by the step taken by the two and decided to face them head-on. He ordered their arrest. In the middle of the night, officers sent by Arpaio were on the doors of the two journalists. They were arrested and placed in concentration camps run by the sheriff.
The decision to arrest Lacey and Larkin was met with huge public outcry who saw this as a blatant ignorance to the First Amendment. The sheriff had made a decision that did not have any basis in law. The journalists were released the following day unconditionally.
Lacey and Larkin however, did not like the manner in which they were treated. They went to courts to protest the treatment. They won the court case, and they were awarded a compensation of $3.75 million.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are now key human activists in Arizona. The two started a foundation known as the Frontera Fund. It supports human rights organization in the state of Arizona. The intention is to stop any other person who might have the thoughts of making the same atrocities that were committed by Joe Arpaio.
They support equal treatment of all the people in the United States. It does not matter the origin of a person; human rights should be given unconditionally. Lacey and Larkin have set the ball rolling in Arizona for people to reject mistreatment.