Last month marked the end of the case of former Maricopa County Sheriff, Mr. Joe Arpaio that had dragged on for many years. This was after a US District Judge; Susan Bolton upheld the decision to pardon Mr. Arpaio that was proposed by President Donald Trump.
This decision did not surprise many as almost everyone knew that Mr. Arpaio would be let scot-free. However, people were disgruntled by this pardon, and many of them termed it as injustice.
Those who were on the forefront of condemning Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling include Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two are the former owners of The Phoenix Times newspaper. They used to be on Mr. Arpaio’s heels throughout his tenure as a sheriff.
Their continued urge to unearth the illegal dealings of Sheriff Joe Arpaio led to their arrest at some point. Following the announcement of Joe’s release, Lacey and Larkin were quick to point out at the injustices that were propagated by the president.
They labeled him as an evil guy who never took time to understand the injustices that many Americans suffered at the hands of the rogue sheriff. Lacey added that this decision proved that the two were working together to propagate corruption, racism, and torture. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Michael Lacey just couldn’t believe how a man who had led to the death of innumerable inmates due to his inhuman rules could be pardoned. Lacey felt that to give justice to the victims and their families, Mr. Arpaio should have been convicted for many years.
According to Lacey, Sherriff Arpaio’s tenure was marred by numerous harsh treatments on the prisoners that led to the death of a considerable number of them. Inmate’s suicides were also a common occurrence in jails that were managed by the Sheriff.
They also revealed that funds close to $100 million were lost in unknown circumstance and nobody did an investigation to find out how this happened. Sex crime cases were also on a tremendous high, and most of the culprits were underage kids. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
He was also accused of doing incomplete investigations when he was asked to help in addressing these occurrences. Ultimately, Mr. Arpaio was convicted following his continued harassment of Latinos. The case that was ended by Judge Bolton was due to this mistreatment of Latinos living in the United States.
The Phoenix News Times former owners further revealed more mistreatments that occurred at prisons where Mr. Arpaio was in charge. Some of them include the following:
- In 1993, Mr. Arpaio opened the infamous Tent City. The facility was meant to ease the congestion in the prisons. However, Mr. Arpaio was apathetic of the harsh living conditions that the prisoners endured in this facility. Temperatures would rise as high as 135 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. The prisoners who stayed indoors at the central facility were also mistreated and denied their rights. Those who refused to follow his unreasonable orders were severely beaten until some of them died.
- There were numerous deaths in the prison, and the media did not even capture most of them. Lacey, however, managed to record one particular case where a diabetic woman went into a coma after she was denied medication. Prisoners who could no longer endure the unbearable situation ended up taking their lives.
Many other unbearable conditions existed in the prisons.
Lacey and Larkin having witnessed these activities unravel could not just believe that the man behind it would be granted freedom. To them, this was injustices of the highest level.