Sheriff, Joe Arpaio is known for many misdeeds, humiliation against particular classes, and more and considered as one of the worst sheriffs in the history of the United States.
His six-term office in the Maricopa County has made him infamous across the country and even internationally with criticism falling on him from across the world.
His reckless and merciless acts have even taken him almost to the prison cell but narrowly escaped this time. Yes, Sheriff Arpaio escaped from the conviction due to the Presidential pardon by Donald Trump. But, does his merciless acts, tortures, and sins ever leave him?
Two media persons, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, explained the extent of heinous acts committed by the sheriff during his terms. Shockingly, both of them were subjected to his torture as well.
It was in 2007, they were arrested by the Selective Enforcement Unit of Arpaio from their homes at midnight. They were handcuffed and taken to prison for publishing details regarding a grand-jury investigation.
At that time, Lacey was working as the executive editor of the well-known Village Voice Media publication group, where Larkin was the CEO. Just before the arrest, they had published the story of a grand-jury probe in Phoenix New Times, a publication from the group.
The arrests were not just an instant provocation by the sheriff but were a planned attack on the media as Phoenix New Times was in his hit list as the newspaper was known for heavily criticizing Arpaio and his suppressive measures.
It had covered a number of merciless acts by the sheriff and his team including shackling pregnant women even at the time of their delivery, tortured killings of detainees in his jail cells, and extralegal suppressive measures against his critics and political opponents are a few among many.
However, the campaigns of Arpaio against the news reporters and Latinos found to be too much costly for him in the later years. Especially, the campaigns against the Latinos in his county finally led to Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit that decided his fate. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Facebook
While coming to the arrests of the news reporters, it was the breach of their First Amendment rights and raised criticism across the United States. This forced Sheriff Arpaio to release both of them within 24 hours. Also, the county was forced to pay a compensation of $3.7 million to both the reporters in 2013.
Instead of using the compensation amount for personal use, the reporters designed a nonprofit funding group named the Frontera Fund.
It works on easing the conditions of migrants in the states of Arizona by supporting migrant and human rights groups along with actively propagating the need for freedom of speech.
While coming to Arpaio, he was rejected by the people of Maricopa County, for a seventh time, in November 2016. In July 2017, he was booked with contempt of court based on the Melendres suit.
However, the Pardoning of President Donald Trump saved him from the jail term. But, organizations like Frontera Fund assured that they would continue their fight against him.
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