Sheriff Joe Arpaio had to learn the hard way after subjecting the Latinos and the Hispanics to endless impunity and unfair treatment for more than two decades.
This was after he was arraigned in the court of law by two journalists, Jim Larkin and his colleague, Michael Lacey. The heinous acts of oppressing the immigrants had been experienced since Arpaio took office as the sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
He had been using his administrative officers to propagate hatred and oppression to the immigrants who could do nothing to rescue themselves.
This was because anyone who was identified trying to oppose the way of ruling by the sheriff could be a victim of torture and even subjected to extra-judicial execution. The executions could be carried out by a special Grand Jury that had been constituted by Arpaio to target the immigrants.
The media, which was expected to be the voice of the weak in the community had also been muzzled by the administration. Not a single media house could have spoken or discussed issues regarding the bad administration by Sheriff Arpaio.
However, Lacey and Larkin believed that if the sheriff and his administration officers were allowed more latitude to oppress the immigrants, the two communities would have suffered undeservedly. This made them make the decision to fight the administration through the media house that they co-owned, the Village Voice Media.
On 27th August 2007, the duo published an article on their newspaper column that discussed the ulterior motives behind the administration of Joe Arpaio. Larkin and Lacey also touched about the formation of a Grand Jury, contrary to the rule of law, which performed illegal executions on the immigrants.
When Arpaio saw the publication, he went mad and ordered for the immediate arrest of Jim and his counterpart, Michael. They were both taken to custody where they were guarded by heavily armed police officers with the directives from the rogue Arpaio. Arpaio woke up the next morning hoping to perpetuate the same harassment to the journalists as he had done to other immigrants’ victims.
Little did he know that his fortieth day had arrived. The public outcry that met him after the news of the arrest of Michael and Jim was astonishing. All the members of the Maricopa County, immigrants, and natives were on the streets demanding the release of the duo. This left Arpaio with no other option than releasing the journalists. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase
Immediately the two were released, they took Sheriff Arpaio to the Courts of law where they sued him, and he was charged with illegal detention of Michael and Jim. The case was heard by the senior judge at the Court of Appeal and in 2013, they were served with the justice that they had sought from the court.
The County of Maricopa was ordered to pay restitution to the two journalists amounting to more than $3.7 million. After receiving the money, Jim and Lacey figured out a way in which they could use it to solve their issue at hand. They formed a fund that would be funding the small organizations that had taken the initiative to liberate the immigrants.