A few men. That is all we need to be evil. A few men who will stand up in the face of adversity, who will stand no matter what the tide of culture says, who will stand no matter what the storms of tyranny may throw their way. Two men who have recently done this and us have gained my respect our Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin stood up against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County. He called himself America’s toughest Sheriff. But if we want the truth, he really was America’s most racist Sheriff. This is because he racially profiled Latinos in the state of Arizona.
He would then, without probable cause, put them into police cars, take them to his jail cells, all of which unsanitary and did not pass health code, and on some occasions, after he detained them, he allowed the Latinos to die right in those cells. The media however, portrayed this man as off the cop who found a new path to do police work. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin knew this was wrong. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Knowing these evils were being committed, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the Phoenix New Times as well as the Village Voice media to speak against these crimes and the show him for what he really was.
However, anyone who knew Sheriff Joe Arpaio knew that he was a man who would take revenge against anyone who spoke out against him. He was quite similar to a fascist dictator in that regard.
Showing his fascist Tendencies, Sheriff Joe Arpaio gathered together his little henchmen, put them all in disguised SUVs, and drove all the way to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkins home in order to illegally arrest them. And that is exactly what happened. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Sheriff Joe Arpaio would go into their homes with an illegal warrant and illegally searched the premises in order to illegally destroy the documents that showed him for the crook that he is.
After Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released, they would go on to file one of the most enormous lawsuits to hit Maricopa County. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
In the settlement, they received 3.75 million dollars. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin wanted to empower other nonprofits to also stand up for immigrant rights. To do this they used the 3.75 million dollars to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund.