Lacey and Larkin speak about the crimes committed by Joe Arpaio

June 25th, 2018 by admin
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After the pardon of the former sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio by President Trump, many human rights activists were disappointed by the decision. Arpaio was a rogue officer who spent years in office executing plans of stopping illegal immigration in his country through illegal means. In implementing his plans. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

He tortured hundreds of people who were innocent. Some of the people who were arrested and held in his private concentration camps lost their lives due to lack of medical care, beating, and strangulation. The highest casualty of the activities of Arpaio were women and children. Arpaio together with his officers carried out their role with no regard for the rule of law. All he cared for was that immigrants had no space to live in the country freely.

Maricopa County is located in Arizona. Arizona is at the border of the United States and Mexico. Due to this proximity and the number of opportunities in the United States being higher than in Mexico. A high number of people move to the United States in search of better means of livelihood.

Maricopa County is one of the counties which have the highest number of Latino immigrants. With the high number of immigrants came protestation from the natives who saw the problems they face as being caused by the high number of immigrants in the county.

What followed is the purge led by Joe Arpaio. Every illegal immigrant in the county was treated like a criminal. In fact, Joe Arpaio used the fight against illegal immigrants as a route to entrench activities that are tantamount to the human and civil rights violation. No immigrant was given a fair hearing. Everything that was happening was done in the manner he wanted.

He would order all immigrants to be placed in concentration camps awaiting deportation. The activities of the sheriff were illegal and against the constitution of the land. According to the law, human rights are universal. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

That means, even though you are not a citizen of the United States, you should never be treated in an inhumane way. This is where Joe Arpaio and his team erred, they took the matter personally and did what they wanted.

Joe Arpaio was a rogue officer who even went to the extent of harming anyone who attempted to stand in his way. When two journalists from Arizona started publishing information on the illegalities he was committing as a sheriff, he responded by intimidating them. First, they were denied access to county documents and then later arrested like thieves in the middle of the night.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the founders of the Phoenix New Times, a paper that highlighted all the crimes he was committing while he was the sheriff. They publicized his stories so much that the issue became known countrywide.

When Arpaio ordered for the arrest of Lacey and Larkin, there was a barrage of condemnation on the step taken. The move was seen a clear violation of the First Amendment and the freedom of expression.

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