Just a bit more than a decade ago, below the shade of night, Maricopa County Selective Enforcement members were knocking on two homes in the Greater Phoenix Area. The houses were owned by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
By the sanction of Joe Arpaio, the unit brought both of these two men down from their properties and jailed them under the proposition of disclosing information on a grand-jury assignment.
Both Larkin and Lacey were included in the Village Voice Media publication, the latter being the executive supervisor and the former its president. Earlier during the exact same day, they issued a piece on the probing of a grand jury in the Phoenix New Times. What Larkin and Lacey didn’t recognize at that time was that that exact grand jury was under investigation with them.
Arpaio had been aggravated by the increased reports of his more than aggressive law enforcement methods representing the Sheriff’s department ever since his placement into office on 1992. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Arpaio’s notorious Tent City and other various orders opposing inmates and women (particularly if they had status as immigrants), got brought up numerous times earlier with various publishments. Ever since Arpaio was in office, there were numerous cases where Arpaio was described on what was legally permissible and what was not.
United States District Judge Murray Snow in 2011 reported to the sheriff who was detaining immigrants because of suspicion that there aren’t enough grounds for imprisonment. Because there wasn’t evidence that the accused did or did not have correct status, it was contrary to constitutional law that they could keep that person. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/the-enduring-sins-of-joe-arpaio-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-speak-out-in-response-to-trumps-pardon-of-americas-worst-sheriff/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
Those kinds of examples were discussed behind closed doors many times prior to 2011. Ultimately, they progressed to the forefront as a lawsuit was made against Arpaio about a decade ago. The case exposed the situation faced by prisoners in Tent City, and due to that data, Mr. Arpaio faced charged of violating the rights of Mexicans and other minority groups.
Joe Arpaio stayed defiant to the charges and remained to do his service, urging his employees to keep racial profiling Latinos and switch over to the immigration department. Joe Arpaio went on with this practice for many years until the people outcrying on Arpaio’s misuses of power eventually caught the eye of the news.