One night in 2007, the families of Jim Larkin and his colleague Michael Lacey, who were the co-owners of a very vibrant media publication in Arizona, were woken up by astonishing knocks on their doors. At first, they thought they had been attacked by a gang of thieves, and so the first thing that came to their minds was to call the police.
To their surprise, the gang outside was the police force themselves, who had been sent by the sheriff of Maricopa County to arrest Lacey and Larkin. This came as a shock to their families because they had never been involved in any criminal acts and so they wondered why that was happening. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
However, to the duo, this was not news to them. They had been aware that they had brushed shoulders with the rogue sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and so they were ready for the incidence. The reason behind this was that the two journalists, through a column in their publication, had exposed the misdeeds of the sheriff and his administration to the public. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/recent-news/ and https://about.me/jim_larkin
This had caused a lot of discomfort to Arpaio, and as it was the norm, anyone who tried to oppose his way of the ruling could be detained and jailed immediately with no sentence. This had angered Lacey and Larkin and decided that they could wait no longer. They published a column showing how rogue the sheriff and his entire office had been unfair to the immigrants’ groups of the Hispanics and the Latinos.
What followed their arrests was a massive outcry by the public demanding the release of the two. The public claimed that the administration was allowed to arrest anyone else but not the two, who had acted like the true voices of the people.
The students also went on the streets demonstrating against the illegal arrests of the two patriotic journalists. Within 24 hours after their arrest, the sheriff was overwhelmed by the outcry and decided to release Michael and Larkin.
However, after their release, they felt it was not enough to shut and watch things happen in the manner they had been happening. They found it necessary to push for their agenda of liberating the two immigrants’ communities who had faced severe discrimination under Arpaio’s administration since 1992.
The two went to court and opened a legal case against Joe Arpaio for arresting them for no cause. The battle continued for a while, but later in 2012, the court of appeal ordered that Maricopa County pays $3.75 to the duo as restitution.