What next for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin?

Jim Larkin and Micheal Larkin have been for there excellent articles and investigative pieces on their former publication the Phoneix New Times this was before they sold it to the new owners and moved on to there new roles in the next chapter of there lives.

Today Larkin and Lacey run the Frontera fund this is a foundation that they began in 2013 meant to help people especially the Hispanic community get their rights as well as receive equal and fair treatment from all departments of government. Having been in Arizona for the better part of their lives, it dawned on them how they would become easy targets for law enforcement.

This fact was drawn from the understanding that since some did not have sufficient knowledge on what their basic rights were as guaranteed in the constitution, they would end up being tossed around and never receive justice even when they were deserving.

This was one of the most important things that Larkin and Lacey would seek to address through the Frontera fund. The journey to this point thou had not been easy and had been initiated by a turn of events that would see them spend almost twenty fours in jail for crimes they did not commit.

The sheriff of Maricopa Joe Arpaio had made it a habit of harassing and intimidating those that did not agree with him; his fear was drawn from the fact that he had been misusing his position and was used to getting away with it. For a man like that, it would not sit well with him whenever a journalist revealed anything that would tarnish his well-crafted image as America’s toughest sheriff. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

He had racially profiling Mexicans for long, and it was a well-known fact, but due to his intimidation tactics and targeted arrests most people choose to hide from the issue, this was however not the case for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

The two had made it there life’s mission to uncover as much as they could on why the sheriff would choose to use an entire community as a scapegoat for issues that in most cases had nothing to do with them. Having been elected to office six times meant that the sheriff had been able to craft a style that resonated well with his voters and while at the same time being just careful enough to hide from the justice system. His tactics were, however, getting harder to hide by the day and by the time he would arrest the two it was evident that something was wrong.

At the time the sheriff was already facing a racial profiling case which was bleeding the county dry in legal fees and settlements.

It would thus turn out for the worse when Larkin and Lacey sued him, and despite taking a number of years, the ninth district court of appeals found him guilty of abuse of office by using arrest and detention to try and silence a journalist.

The case would be settled for 3.75 million dollars an amount which has now been entirely dedicated to the Frontera fund.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://angel.co/michael-lacey-3 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/