Opponents of former Maricopa County Sherriff 85-year-old Joe Arpaio applauded when it turned out that he was to serve a jail term after being having been found guilty of criminal contempt mid last year. However, this was not to be as he was pardoned by President Donald Trump a few weeks later. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
He, therefore, will not be locked up nor will he face any other consequences for the wrongs he committed. Mr. Arpaio has been a staunch supporter of Mr. Donald Trump from way back even before he became president.
When Mr. Trump was fronting the birther movement against President Barrack Obama claiming that the former president was not born in the US hence does not deserve to be president, Mr. Arpaio was one of his biggest supporters. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
This is widely believed to have played a huge role in the President’s decision to pardon the controversial law enforcement officer. Despite being a well-known figure both in Arizona and at the national stage, he lost his bid for re-election as County Sherriff after serving for six terms in the same capacity amounting to a whopping 24 years.
In late 2011, a United States district court judge issued a court order against Mr. Arpaio and his office, for profiling people especially those with a Spanish descent while also bringing to the fore several examples whereby innocent people were profiled and as a result violating their civil rights.
As many would expect Mr. Arpaio and his team did not stop the profiling and violation of the civil rights of the Latinos and as a result in another ruling of May 2013, the Judge found that Mr. Arpaio and his team had involved themselves in racial profiling.
The Sheriff and group admitted having violated the judge’s orders issued earlier on though they blamed their actions on miscommunications and other trivial issues to have brought the confusion.
However, the evidence presented before the court revealed that they willfully and knowingly violated the judge’s orders. Mr. Arpaio protested that he did not understand the ruling and was found guilty of criminal contempt by the federal district judge Susan Bolt in late July 2017.
Mr. Arpaio and his team were also not friendly with anyone who had a different opinion on the way they carried out their duties. For instance, a local newspaper, The Phoenix New Times had for so long called out the Sherriff’s office for their wrongdoings.
Mr. Arpaio ordered his team to arrest the publication’s executives Mr. Jim Larkin and Mr. Michael Lacey from their home in the middle of the night. The duo then went to seek legal redress and argued that they were detained illegally.
Following a long legal battle, the pair won and they were awarded more than $3.7 million as settlement for the lawsuit. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used a significant portion of the money to set up and run the Frontera Fund which works to support groups that support the rights of people of Spanish descent in the state of Arizona.