It was never a surprise to witness arrests that were perpetrated by the police officers with the order of Sheriff Joe Arpaio against the individuals who rebelled or opposed his way of administration.
This came to happen to two journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who were the reputable journalists who were renowned for being vocal in the war against discrimination and oppression of some communities that were perceived to be inferior in the county of Maricopa. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The arrests happened at night while everybody in Phoenix, Arizona was dead asleep. The families of the two journalists were baffled by the knocks on their doors, and at first, they thought they had been attacked by robbers.
The first thing that rang in the minds of the wives of Larkin and Lacey was to seek assistance from the nearby police station. They tried to contact the officers in vain; little did they know that the same police officers were the perpetrators of the attack.
They hurled Jim and Michael into their highly disguised vehicles and drove them to prison where they were held in custody. However, the public was very angry with the arrests of the journalists because the duo had acted as the voice of the oppressed in the community.
People on the streets demonstrated demanding the release of the two. Later in the same day, Lacey and Larkin were released.
Sheriff Arpaio had administered the county of Maricopa with a lot of impunity for too long. However, these two heroes, Lacey and Jim Larkin got to a point where they felt that the respect for human rights was more important than it was perceived to be.
They felt so angry for what the administration of the sheriff had been doing to the Latinos. To make matters worse, Arpaio had even formed a Grand Jury that he had been using to execute and investigate the Latinos and any other members of the public that opposed him.
In fact, the Grand Jury had started its investigation on Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, but they were never aware of the situation. So what the two journalists did, they published a column in their newspaper that disclosed the secrets about Joe Arpaio and his office.
They also exposed the Grand Jury and its operations, and now everyone in public knew what was happening with the Sheriff. Lacey and Larkin sued Arpaio, and they were granted restitution of $3.75 million, which they used to construct the Frontera Fund.