The careers of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began in the early seventies. This was following the killings that took place in Kent. The events marked the beginning of their illustrious careers as journalists and seekers of truth despite the prevailing circumstances. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://james-larkin.com/
For most, they would turn out to be their source of credible news and this would then grow their newspaper from a small campus publication into a chain that ran from coast to coast.
The pair would maintain this level of honesty and credibility despite the paper growing to over 17 publications that ran as far as New York. Their crowning jewel, however, was the new phoenix new times a publication that they later sold in 2013. The paper which saw Larkin as CEO and Jim Lacey become executive editor run on truth and fearless journalism.
This style of reporting meant holding those in power into account did not seat well with Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The sheriff was the self declared toughest sheriff in America. Having served as the sheriff for twenty-four years, he had come to believe that he was invincible and would run the department however he deemed fit.
He would get national recognition when he became among the most vocal supporters of Donald Trump’s Brither movement. The sheriff was among those asking the president to produce his birth certificate to prove that he was indeed born in the United States of America.
The sheriff would from then on become one of Donald Trump’s proxies, and this would be further compounded when their ideology clicked. The tough on immigration stance seemed to be the new rallying call for the then-presidential candidate. The sheriff had already been a firm believer of this and apart from wanting to build a wall himself all others ideas were part of his core ideology. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
His approach to immigration was based on the ability to racially profile those that did not look like him and being a sheriff in a border state meant that a large swath of the population was Hispanic.
This is the population that would be affected most by his antics that had been able to rope in the entire department to do his bedding. The sheriff became so blatant that he no longer cared about justifying or hiding his actions. He would raid businesses that he thought were employing illegal immigrants and those that were owned or operated by members of the Hispanic community.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would not take this lying down, and they were willing to challenge the status quo. The two would focus their attention on the department’s misdeeds and by doing so were able to report on a lot of human rights violations that were being perpetrated by the sheriff.
This reporting did not sit well with the sheriff who would order there arrest at the stroke of midnight on August 2007.
The arrest would prove to be a mistake that would not only turn against the sheriff but one that would cost the county 3.75 million dollars. This money, however, is now being used to assist the same community that had for long been vilified by the sheriff.