Lacey and Larkin are human and civil rights defenders from Arizona. They have been journalists for many years. Since the 1970s, they have been fighting for the rights of the minority groups that live in the United States. For the period that they have been fighting for human rights, there has been a lot of occurrences that have happened that are worth talking about.
Lacey and Larkin are the founders of the Village Voice Media, a company that owned 17 news publications. Under the leadership of the two, the publications published investigative news which contained information on some of the rogue activities which were being conducted behind closed doors. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
One of the stories that were exposed by the Phoenix New Times was about the Former Sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio. Arpaio used to engage in activities which violated the rights of the people. He used his powers as a sheriff to harass people who were not originally from the United States. He targeted the Latinos who comprised of a majority among the immigrants living in his Maricopa County.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin exposed Joe Arpaio for the crimes he was committing in the disguise of stopping illegal immigration into the United States. Arpaio had established concentration camps where he would hold the immigrants whom he arrested. The most notorious concentration camp was the “Tent City.” This camp was a torture chamber where immigrants would be persecuted and treated in the worst manner possible.
Lacey and Larkin opposed the measures that were taken by the sheriff and exposed him. He was angered by the step taken by the journalists, and he decided to punish them. He looked for an opportunity to arrest them, and it finally came in October 2007 when the sheriff arrested them. They were held for 24 hours and were released foll0wing public pressure. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/larkin-lacey-speak-happened-joe-arpaio/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
The case of Arpaio resurfaced ten years later in 2017 when he was taken to court to answer to a case of racial profiling. He was found guilty of harassing the Latinos and was to be sentenced later in the year. The sentencing did not, however, happen since President Trump gave Arpaio a pardon.
Lacey and Larkin were not pleased by the step taken by President Trump to pardon an officer who had accepted liability for harassing the immigrants. The pardon that he received denied immigrants who suffered under him an opportunity to get justice.