Lacey and Larkin condemn release of Joe Arpaio
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two owners of the Phoenix New Times, have given their thoughts about the pardon given to former Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two who spent years investigating accusations of crime against Joe. They know him very well and the actions that he has committed in the line of duty.
To Lacey and Larkin, this is one person who does not need to be part of the free world. He does not believe in freedom of all people, and his place, therefore, deserves to be behind bars. In performing his duties of enforcing the law, he went to the extra extent of disobeying the same laws that he purported to enforce.
Lacey and Larkin had an opportunity to look at the life of Joe Arpaio, and the information they found about him is disgusting. This is a man who spent years torturing immigrants who were living in his county. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Arizona is a border state, and therefore, the number of immigrants from Mexico were too many. Joe Arpaio used this opportunity to set his parallel system of law where anyone he caught in the county illegally was subjected to inhumane treated which culminated in deportation.
Joe Arpaio committed crimes that should land him in jail according to Lacey and Larkin. Some of the crimes they accuse him of perpetrating are corruption, beating, sex crimes, embezzlement of jail money and setting up of illegal concentration camps.
The concentration camps were used to hold up immigrants before they were deported. Life in the concentration camps was, however, hell on earth. The conditions of living were unbearable.
Lacey and Larkin using their media house Phoenix New Times used to expose the actions of Arpaio, but none of their attempts would stop him from committing these crimes. Instead of changing his ways, he stopped the media house from covering his press conferences.
In 2007, Lacey and Larkin had an encounter with Joe Arpaio; he sent officers to arrest them. Each one was taken to a concentration camp established by Joe Arpaio.
The following day after it became apparent the two journalists had been arrested, media fraternity in the country condemned this action so much that Joe Arpaio released them within 24 hours. The county attorney who was a close ally of Joe described the arrest as unfortunate. He said the arrest was uncalled for just like the arrests and deportation of the immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
According to the attorney, every person has a right to live in any part of the country irrespective of whether they are native or not. Even if one is an illegal immigrant, torture is never an excuse. That is a violation of human rights and should be stopped by all means possible. The constitution of the United States protects every person from discrimination even if they are immigrants.
Lacey and Larkin now have a foundation they established to deal with the issue of human rights violations in the state of Arizona. The Frontera fund is meant to support activities of the human right activist in the state. The action of human rights abuse like the ones committed by Arpaio should not be allowed to happen again.