2013 was the year when the sheriff of Maricopa County was on the brink of getting imprisoned after he was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the judge of the Appellate Court. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge
This was after he was convicted of multiple charges of discrimination and oppression against the Latinos and other immigrant’s groups that resided in Maricopa County like the Hispanics. His conviction came after he was sued by two journalists, Jim Larkin and his colleague, Michael Lacey.
As it was his norm, he had ordered his officers to detain the two journalists without any offense. Due to the feeling that they had been offended and demeaned, they went to court and demanded the conviction of the sheriff so that he could not repeat the same on any other individual regardless of their ethnicity.
The reason why Sheriff Joe Arpaio had ordered the detention of Jim and Lacey was that they had exposed how he had been targeting the immigrants with his oppressive tools of administration. He had made ethnic profiling the order of the day in the county, an aspect that had made the Latinos and other immigrants’ groups live in fear of the sheriff’s brutality.
Normally, no individual could point out the mistakes of the sheriff, and so they remained silent as the immigrants continued suffering. Even the media had been muzzled with threats and intimidations by the sheriff’s officers.
After empathizing with the immigrants, Lacey and Jim felt the pain that these communities were undergoing and decide that they would rescue them. The decision would come at a huge cost and with some severe consequences, but the two were ready to pay the price.
They woke up one morning and published all the misdeeds that Sheriff Arpaio had been doing to the Immigrants since he rose to power in 1992. The journalists also disclosed that Joe Arpaio had constructed an illegal Grand Jury which he had intended to do targeted investigations and executions of the Hispanics who were suspected to be opposing his way of ruling. This made the sheriff feel offended and decided that he had to punish the duo for disrespecting him. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/larkin-lacey-speak-happened-joe-arpaio/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Sheriff Arpaio sent police officers to the homes of Jim and Michael the same night and ordered them to put the two individuals in custody. The two were hurled into police vehicles at night in front of their family members with the intention of humiliating them. They were taken to the police stations where they were locked until the morning that followed. When news reached the public that the duo had been arrested, they demonstrated in the streets and ordered the sheriff to release them. They were both released immediately following the public demand.
Jim Larkin and Michael were so resentful about the detention that they decided to take legal action against Joe Arpaio together with his officers.
They went to court, and after the judge listened to their case, he ruled in their favor, ordering the County of Maricopa to pay restitution to the petitioners. Arpaio was also convicted but was immediately pardoned by the president.