You may remember reading about Joe Arpaio on television, or perhaps you saw him on a television interview on Fox New or MSNBC. Even if you recognize the name of Joe Arpaio, you do not know him the way residents of Maricopa County do.
For 24 years Joe Arpaio was the Sheriff of Maricopa County. Joe Arpaio wasn’t a typical law enforcement agent either. He lead Maricopa County’s Sheriff Department on a trail of terror that residents of Maricopa County will never forget.
Two men are responsible for the initial outcry against Joe Arpaio: Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two journalists, who met in college working on a school newsletter, were running stories about Arpaio in their newspaper, the Phoenix New Times. For years, the duo corresponded with readers, warning and spreading awareness of Joe Arpaio’s actions. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
No group in Arizona was more affected by Joe Arpaio than Latinos. After Joe Arpaio failed to make a name for himself by beating and torturing criminals he turned to immigrants. Joe Arpaio abused his position as sheriff, acting as an immigration officer, rounding up people of color for no apparent reason than where they are from.
In one instance, Arpaio arrest a Mexican citizen who was simply on vacation in Arizona. Mr. Melendres, the victim of this arrest, was eventually awarded nearly 70 million dollars; this event cost Maricopa County citizens a fortune and landed Joe Arpaio in contempt of court.
Joe Arpaio’s hobby of committing illegal arrests didn’t solely consist of detaining immigrants. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were also the targets of an illegal arrest.
While they didn’t receive as big of a restitution as Mr. Melendres, they still added nearly 4 million dollars to their pockets after a length lawsuit against Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County was settled.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are attempting to correct 24 years of Joe Arpaio. They used their money to begin running a charitable organization, The Frontera Fund, working with charities all over the South-West to better the lives of citizens. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
The Frontera Fund works with dozens of charities, some of which include the ACLU and Aliento. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two newspapermen, have ventured off into new territory, solving problems with acts of kindness and altruism.
They haven’t completely left the newspaper behind. They may have sold the Phoenix New Times;however, they have an all new publication to call their home. Front Page Confidential picks up where their previous efforts left off, continuing to cover Joe Arpaio.
The pages of Front Page Confidential don’t only consist of stories about Joe Arpaio though. The paper also covers complex issues like civil rights and immigration law.