For years, by way of the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been giving Joe Arpaio a hard time. In their paper, Lacey and Larkin have published pieces relating to Arpaio’s asset hiding, unjust subpoenas, and his racial hatred.
Joe Arpaio was the Sheriff of Maricopa County for around 20 years. During his time as a public servant, he did everything except serve the public. He ordered his prisoners to be beaten, tortured, and forced prisoners to live in inhumane conditions – like in Tent City, Arpaio’s self proclaimed concentration camp.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were merely trying to inform their local community when Joe Arpaio decided to have them arrested. Deputies drove to the journalists’ home. They proceeded to pull them out and throw them in unmarked SUVs. They were transported to separate facilities.
“We were a constant thorn in his side,” said Larkin, years after their arrest. He believes that is the sole reason they were arrested by Arpaio.
Lacey says that Arpaio’s targeting of Mexicans only began in 2005. Before 2005, Arpaio was trying to make a name for himself by advertising as “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
This type of self promotion is evident when you look at how bad the detainees of Tent City were treated. After a disagreement with Andrew Thomas, County Attorney, Arpaio slid in line with the local republican party and began targeting Hispanics.
Two years later, Arpaio made a grave mistake. He arrested Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, a Mexican citizen who was in the country legally on a tourist visa.
The arrest ended up costing the tax payers of Maricopa County over 70 million dollars in legal fees and restitution. Arpaio was ultimately charged with criminal contempt of court due to the incident and was finally convicted in 2017. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Only a few months before sentencing, Joe Arpaio found relief. President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio and he was free to return to politics. Even before the pardon, Arpaio announced he had plans to run for Senate in 2018.
It is instances like these that made Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey want to refocus their journalistic efforts. In 2013, Lacey and Larkin sold The Phoenix New Times, and since then they have founded a new newspaper, Front Page Confidential. It is here, in this publication, that Lacey and Larkin combat political corruptness.
Recently, the paper published an article that revealed that Joe Arpaio had been campaign on racially motivated radio stations. Their intention is to stop Joe Arpaio from winning a seat on Capitol Hill.
To compliment Front Page Confidential, Lacey and Larkin have created The Frontera Fund: a charitable organization. The organization supports charities all across Arizona, primarily those that assist the Hispanic community.