The arbitrary arrest of two veteran journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin directly led up to the conceptualization, creation, registration, funding and direction of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The same arrest gives essence and a motivation to all that come into partnership with, under funding of, or protection of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund; the most prolific predominantly pro-Hispanic human rights watchdog in the United States. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, named after the two journalists and human rights activists who founded it.
America’s self-proclaimed toughest Sheriff, Mr Arpiao, had come under the close scrutiny of the two journalists for claims of bias and racial profiling.
He was said to be arresting members of the Hispanic Community without any probable cause and mistreating them while in custody. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin investigated the claims and came up with conclusive evidence that indeed, Mr Arpiao had grossly violated the constitution and his mandate by;
- Making unconstitutional arrests,
- Abusing powers of his office to settle personal conflicts,
- Racially profiling members of minority groups, especially Hispanics,
- And treating county prisoners with cruelty.
Mr Arpiao was angry when the veteran journalists exposed his fraudulent and discriminatory activities. He went on to carry his fragrant abuse of office to another level; he decided to make the arrest that led the foundation of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. By arresting Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Sherriff Arpiao made the mistake of repeating all the offences he had already been accused of public.
The only difference was that he did it to journalists; some of the most legally protected professionals in the United States. The decision turned out to be the worst mistake that the sheriff ever made throughout his career because the two journalists could not and would not be intimidated.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sought to seek justice for the wrongful arrest to which they were put under. They also felt that the Sheriff deserved punishment for mistreating them while they were under his custody. They sued Maricopa County for wrongful arrest and malicious damage. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/
They kept losing the lawsuit, but they appealed numerously until they won the case at the appellate court. They were determined to seek justice and as they did, they made an example for other minority groups and set a liberating precedence for justice and equality. The appellate court awarded the two a whopping of 3.7 million dollars.
Lacey and Jim decided to put the of 3.7 million Dollars which they had been awarded as compensation for their misguided encounter with the law enforcement officer to uphold justice by challenging bad laws and law-enforcers who do not enforce good laws.
Together with other lobby groups for human rights and other causes that include emancipation of the oppressed, Jim and Lacey have since fought against draconian laws through the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is one of the most vocal groups with which the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has ever partnered. Another group is the Puento Arizona. The three organizations all work towards making the lives of immigrants more tolerable in the United States than they are presently.