Sheriff Joe Arpaio had subjected the Hispanics and the Latinos to discrimination and oppression about which everyone in Maricopa County was unhappy. People felt that these communities despite being immigrants deserved better treatment than what they received from the county administrators.
This was not a one-time issue because the oppression and discrimination against the two communities had transpired since the inauguration of the rogue sheriff in 1992.
However, in spite of the other native communities feeling disgruntled by the ill deeds of the sheriff and his administration officers, their efforts to liberate the immigrants’ groups remained futile since the sheriff could punish anyone who dared to oppose his way of administering the county.
This fear had translated even to the media house who felt threatened by the administration and feared the reckless and illegal arrests that were perpetrated by the county officers under the orders of Sheriff Arpaio. One day, however, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to bite the bullet. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
The two were professional journalists who owned a newspaper called the Village Voice Media. They had keenly observed all the ongoing misdeeds and oppressive mechanisms to which the Latinos and the Hispanics had been subjected.
Lacey and Larkin, therefore, decided that despite all the threats and the intimidations that had been instilled by the sheriff, they would try their best to liberate the immigrants’ communities from the oppression of the county administrators.
The action that they took was to publish the actions of the county administration on their newspaper’s column. Jim and Lacey categorically indicated that the ongoing harassment of the immigrants was an illegal scheme by the sheriff to perpetuate ethnic profiling. 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://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
They also disclosed to the public that the same sheriff, Arpaio, had illegally formed a Grand Jury which could execute the Hispanics and the Latinos extra-judicially.
These revelations hit the heads of many Americans but not as much as they did to Arpaio’s. This sheriff was so angry at the two journalists, and as it was the norm, he ordered an immediate arrest of the duo.
That night, the police officers from Maricopa County paraded outside the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin ready to abduct them and incarcerate them in the county prisons. This happened over-night but the next morning came the unexpected.
After receiving the news of the arrests of the two journalists, the public went to the streets demanding the release of the two. They were both released and immediately launched a legal battle against the sheriff, ready to discipline him against the evil of impunity and oppression.
They came to win the case in 2013, and they were awarded $3.8 million as restitution. This fund was used to open a fund that has been utilized in fighting for the rights of the immigrants.