If the names Lacey and Larkin sound familiar, it’s because they used to be America’s latest heroes. They stood up to a corrupt, abusive sheriff and won. Not only that, but they won in the state of Arizona; renowned for its ultra-conservative viewpoints.
Arizona is famous for its open hatred of Hispanics and anyone that’s not white. Most would say that it’s fair to call all of Arizona racist, but there are a lot of stories about racism coming out of Arizona. No one’s making them attack Hispanics on a regular basis; that’s just the way that state seems to work. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Despite all the rampant hatred, Larkin and Lacey took on then sheriff Joe Arpaio. Back then, he had all the power to silence any and all of his critics. It actually got to a point where no one reported on him, and if they did, they referred to him as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”.
In fairness, that’s a title he gave himself. Everyone either supported him or was too afraid to speak out against him. When Phoenix New Times, Lacey and Larkin’s newspaper, started reported on Arpaio, they immediately found a plethora of shady activities.
Among the most horrible things he did, fostering anti-Mexican fear-mongering seemed to be his favorite. He not only supported numerous rallies and events, he played a patriarchal role in these events. He even used his power to abuse Latinos on the streets. It was no secret that he enjoyed persecuting Latinos at random. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/jim_larkin and http://james-larkin.com/press/
If he wasn’t abusing Latinos, he was making money that no one knew about. He also ran one of the most poorly put together sheriff’s office in the history of Arizona sheriff’s offices. He even mismanaged the jails he was in charge of. He didn’t just hire bad guards or something like that. His poor management skills led to the deaths of several inmates.
As New Times revealed his secrets, Arpaio became enraged. He sought to destroy but didn’t know how. All of his usual tricks didn’t work on Lacey and Larkin, so he escalated to the point of no return.
After all of the horrible things he did to Lacey and Larkin, having them arrested was the last straw. When the rest of America found out what he did, he lost his job and they were immediately freed. He was supposed to face several years in prison for criminal contempt, but President Trump pardoned him just before his sentencing.