Lacey and Larkin have without a doubt played an incredible role in the conviction of Joe Arpaio. They were the reason why Arpaio faced a trial in the first place and was behind the pressure that was imposed on the judicial system to bring justice to Arpaio.
Lacey and Larkin were also behind the Lacey and Larkin Fonterra Fund, which is an organization that was built with the intention of working towards providing remedies to those who were affected by the wrongdoings of Joe Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Michael Lacey | Twitter
The incident that sparked the efforts to convict Arpaio took place in Arizona, where Lacey and Larkin were writing an article about Arpaio and the wrongdoings that he was participating in.
They wanted the people to be informed, and be aware of the injustices that they were likely to face at the hands of this Sheriff of Maricopa County. Learn more about Larkin and Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The article was also directed towards the Latin American community in Arizona who were the primary targets of Arpaio and the deeds that he was partaking in.
Soon after the article was published in the Phoenix New Times, Lacey and Larkin were both taken forcibly from their homes into holding facilities that weren’t authorized by any court of law. It was evident who had ordered the arrests, and it wasn’t a far line for Arpaio to cross considering what he had already been doing for most of his career. Even though Arpaio kept Lacey and Larkin in the holding facility for only twelve hours, it is still considered a grave offense in the eyes of the law.
This was the reason why Lacey and Larkin decided that they would file a suit against Arpaio for the wrongdoings that he had partaken in. They wanted to seek justice, not just for themselves, but for all those who have been wronged and those who have been falsely convicted at the hands of Arpaio.
They knew that they had to start something to spark the fire against Arpaio, and partaking in this measure was the only way in which they could see some justice.
The case against Arpaio took longer than it should have, and after five gruesome years of court experiences, Lacey and Larkin were awarded a settlement, not by Joe Arpaio, but by Maricopa County.
Lacey and Larkin knew that a court case was not going to be enough to convict Arpaio, which is why they decided to take the money and use it to start an organization that was going to fight against Arpaio.
The organization that was founded started getting an incredible amount of support within a short span of time, solely because of the awareness about Arpaio that was spread as a result of this. People from all over started coming forward in support of Lacey and Larkin, and to help them in the fight against Arpaio.
Even though the conviction, followed by the pardon was a set back in the progress that the organization has made, Lacey and Larkin hope to keep improving the organization so that one day, they can once and for all seek the justice that they have been working towards.