Over the years, presidential pardons in the United States have been, both, inspiring and controversial. Since President Trump has taken over, nothing has changed. Recently, his pardoning of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, made headline news as people all over were dismayed and confused.
The reason for most people’s frustration is the fact that Arpaio was about to finally face justice for the many crimes he has been committing over the years. While some people may have heard about some of the shocking actions he took as sheriff of Maricopa County, most have not heard the half of it. Read more: Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Just a bit over a decade ago, Arpaio ordered his Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit agents to take Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin out of their homes under the cover of the night.
The agents knocked on their doors, handcuffed them, and threw them in SUVs that were unmarked with Mexican license plates. Larkin and Lacey were then taken to two separate jails, both of which were run by Arpaio, and imprisoned. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
After a large national outcry, the men were released and it was revealed that their arrests were, in fact, illegal. The real reason for their arrests had to do with a story they had published that revealed the many crimes of Joe Arpaio. He was angry enough about it that he decided to have them detained illegally.
Larkin and Lacey had uncovered Arpaio’s aggressive and many times illegal tactics including his well-known “Tent City,” which was a prison where inmates were forced to survive sweltering hot conditions and abuse. One woman was even forced to give birth to her child while she was shackled to a bed.
There are many accounts of Arpaio profiling and harassing Latinos, as well, and he continued to do so after he was ordered by a court to stop. One of the biggest problems during this time was the fact that most of the mainstream media refused to fairly cover what was going on. In fact, Arpaio was being painted as a hero by many.
After Larkin and Lacey were released, they sued Arpaio and Maricopa County and won a settlement of $3.7 million.
They never planned on spending any award they received from the court and used it all to create the Frontera Fund, which is an organization that works to support pro-Latino organizations.
Many people are still very upset that President Trump pardoned Arpaio, and they know it most likely has to do with the fact that Arpaio supported Trump’s run for president when many others were not.