It’s clear that Joe Arpaio was emboldened by the fact that President Trump pardoned him recently. He was so emboldened that he felt he could run for a senate seat in Arizona.
Not only, is he 84 years old and if elected would be the oldest freshman senator on record, he is known for his disregard for the law, which suggests that seeking a position as a legislator may not truly be his calling. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Throughout the ups and downs of Joe Arpaio’s career, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have continually pointed out his wrong doing. Larkin and Lacey followed his despicable acts against Latinos for his full tenure in office beginning in 1992 and ending in 2016.
By reporting on his antics, they kept exposing his reprobate behavior toward anyone he suspected was an illegal alien in Maricopa County, Arizona. Regular articles appeared in Larkin and Lacey’s paper, the Phoenix New Times.
Joe Arpaio was sheriff at the time and he decided to put an end to Larkin and Lacey’s reporting. During the time that they were reporting about a grand jury that was being put together, something dreadful happened.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio found a partner in a Maricopa County prosecutor and they put a scheme together to falsely arrest Larkin and Lacey in the dead of night using Selective Enforcement unit agents. They arrested Larkin, the CEO and Lacey, the executive editor of the Phoenix New Times and held them for 24 days.
In fact, the grand jury that they were attempting to release a report on was being convened to discover dirt on the leaders of the Phoenix New Times, a Village Voice Media Publication. Arpaio was consistently being told his actions were not legal or unconstitutional.
The arrest and detainment of Larkin and Lacey was one more illegal action. After an extensive law suit, Larkin and Lacey were awarded damages in the amount of 3.7 million dollars.
During Arpaio’s repeat terms a myriad of offenses were committed by the so-called police force. Maricopa’s police under the direction of Joe Arpaio was responsible for harassing Latinos about the citizenship for no other reason than the fact that they spoke Spanish. Many of them were incarcerated and held under the suspicion of being illegal which is unconstitutional.
During the period of 2004 to 2007 more than 2,150 lawsuits were filed against in Maricopa County courts and U.S. District courts about the horrible conditions inmates had to endure while Sheriff Arpaio was in charge. After paying out more than $43 million in settlement claims during Arpaio’s tenure, Arpaio now feels he can do more for Arizona.
Thankfully, Larkin and Lacey used the $3.7 million to build the Frontera Fund for the protection of the rights of Arizona’s Latinos. The Frontera Fund also reports on the various issues facing Latinos, such as the border issues faced by migrant caravans crossing into the United States, DACA status and the unfair changes initiated by the Trump administration.
The Frontera Fund is taking a hard look at the persecution of asylum seekers by our border patrols and the U.S. government.
After Joe Arpaio, Trump was elected and he strongly feels he has a right to abuse Latinos trying to enter the country under any means. Trump is just a taller version of Joe Arpaio running amuck.