Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are Arizona state university dropouts and long-term business partners. They came together during students protest against war; they started a campus magazine known as Phoenix New Times to counter-attack the way the media covered the protests. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
The company was started with Larkin being the Chief executive officer, and Lacey was the Executive Editor. The company was later sold to voice group back in 2013.
The announcement of Joe Arpaio pardon by President Donald Trump was a significant event to the Latinos especially Larkin and Lacey. While working with the New Times, they had cross paths with the long-serving sheriff, and they were not in good terms.
They, therefore, responded to this pardon announcement with hostility. The sheriff was known for his negative comments on the immigrants he once mentioned that Mexicans should be deported. Back in the day, the sheriff had the two arrested with no clear judgement.
The county had since compensated them with millions of dollars with which they started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund; they used the money to fund various organizations in the state of Arizona. The organizations were specifically those who fought racism and fought for the Latinos and Mexicans in America. Their arrest was however triggered by their past articles. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
In the past, the magazine had published an investigative article on the sheriff’s property. There were claims that the sheriff owned more than he could afford the property was worth more than he could earn per year. The investigative report couldn’t go through because the sheriff issued threats to the newspaper’s reporters, they were also banned from the sheriff’s press briefing.
Before the sheriff had Larkin and Lacey arrested they were to publish an article condemning the evil acts that were happening in the jury. The article was titled Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution. They were however arrested by the sheriff’s goons before the article was released to the public. The arrest, however, happened after a series of revelations from other articles published by the company. The sheriff was however arrested for being racist and unlawful arrests.
In the previous articles, the sheriff unlawful acts have been exposed. The sheriff had a concentration camp where prisoners were wrongfully convicted. Men were thoroughly beaten, sexually assaulted and mistreated.
There was a case of a dead woman due to negligence many deaths were reported from the camp which was publicly known as the Tent City. The sheriff also used his powers wrongfully by using it as a chance to punish his political rivals and those who were criticizing his authority.
Responding to the sheriff’s pardon Lacey said it was an indication that Trump is not intelligent. The country’s judiciary is a failure to the citizens. He also added that the system is a union of corrupt people.
Larkin on the other side described the sheriff as terrible, he, however, said that he respects him for his discernment when it comes to politics. He added that his comments on Trump just added a few voters for Trump.