Joe Arpaio’s 24 years tenure as the Sheriff of Maricopa County has been on the spot for its stance on the rights of the immigrant’s community. In his years as the Sheriff, there was a high number of human rights violations which went on in the county.
He was the main man behind these violations since he ordered his officers to commit them. Arpaio has been a controversial figure in the country. He caught the attention of the country when he came up with allegations of President Obama birth certificate.
Together with Donald Trump, they pushed the then president to come out clean and provide his birth certificate. The step taken by Joe Arpaio was one of the actions that showed his inclination on matters of immigration. He was intolerant to immigration and used lethal power in his county to deal with immigrants. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter
Calling himself the American toughest man, he led a movement known as the birther movement which pushed for all undocumented immigrants to be evicted from the country. Together with his supporters, they saw the immigrants as the cause of the problems facing the country in terms of job opportunities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media
The county of Maricopa has a very high number of immigrants who come from the southern country of Mexico. The actions of Arpaio to discriminate these people reached a point where it could no longer be talked in high.
The level of discrimination was too high, and the media had taken up the cases o human rights violations that were going on in the county and taken them to the court of public opinion.
In 2011, there was a reprieve for the immigrants after he was charged in court and ordered to stop the violations of human rights against immigrants. He, however, did not relent. He made sure that immigrants continued to suffer under his regime.
Joe Arpaio did not only fight the immigrant community but also anyone who dared to criticize him.
Larkin and Michael are two journalists who suffered for exposing the Sheriff. Through their media outlet, the two journalists made sure that they exposed Arpaio for all the crimes he committed while he was the sheriff of Maricopa County.
In retaliation, Joe Arpaio ordered for their arrest. The arrest case would later lead to a compensation of $3.75 million to the two journalists. This was a huge reprieve to the two journalists as they now have enough money to sponsor human rights groups which aim at stopping the violation of human rights in the country.
The law enforcement seems to be still in an attempt to stop the duo from running their media business. Recently after opening a website known as “Front Page Confidential,” the two journalists were arrested for allegations of committing crimes while running another website they previously owned.
The Backpage.com which was also shut down as the FBI raided any office related to the two as well as their homes. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are going to face charges in court. They will answer to 93 counts of breaking the law through various activities they did via Bakcpage.com.