Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County Sheriff, was among Donald Trump supporters during the Obama reign. President Trump pardoned him for his contempt conviction. The sheriff was a controversial figure to both the local and national stage.
In November 2016, the 85-year-old retired sheriff lost his seventh offer for reelection. Joe opponents rejoiced in his lost and saw it as a punishment for the pain he had caused while in service.
Many looked forward to watching him going to jail for his actions, but that could not be the case as the president pardoned him. Frontera Fund is an example of movements that are fighting against his policies.
Joe Arpaio Reign
Reports show that Joe Arpaio gained his reputation for being a hardliner on illegal migration. Many Maricopa County residents are Hispanic and Latino. The former sheriff focused on fighting against the illegal settlement.
He hired a team to help achieve his goals. Unfortunately, they tarnished their name for violating the civil rights of the people while pursuing their objectives. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Judge G. Murray, US District Court, banned Arpaio and his team from targeting Latino drivers. The judge saw the case as racial discrimination and the sheriff was ordered to stop.
Arpaio and his officials continued with the segregation even after the ruling for more than 18 months. Judge Murray passed another ruling in May 2013 that the team had taken part in racial profiling. Arpaio led his officers to admit to the claims and explained that they misunderstood the given terms due to miscommunications.
The federal district judge, Susan Bolton, convicted Joe Arpaio of crime despite his protestations of misunderstanding the previous ruling. Bolton accused him of misleading his employees in detaining Latino and Hispanic drivers. Many started seeing the ruling plus the seventh bid loss as a misfortune for his evil deeds.
Arpaio office fought back against any other group that criticized their activities like the Phoenix New Times. The paper used to point out the unfair moves of the officials and their leader. When the media house learned about the issued grand jury subpoena, it aired an exposing article.
October 18, 2007, an armed team of sheriff officials showed up at Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey homes. The two were responsible for publishing the Phoenix New Times. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
They were booked into separate detentions both under Sheriff Arpaio. Their arrest caused a strong commotion and was released in less than 24 hours. The unfair treatment of the reporters led to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals proceedings in 2012.
The court ordered Maricopa County to compensate the two$3.7 million in 2013. The pair used the compensation money to start the Frontera Fund organization. It supports non-profit groups that advocate for the rights of Latinos and Hispanics. Frontera group want to correct some damages caused by the sheriff and his men.
The initiative could not only benefit the Hispanic people but any group that faced racial animus and human rights abuses in the area. The settlement funds will pay for costs incurred in fighting for the civil rights of migrants in Arizona. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey understood the pain the migrants felt since they were also of Mexican origin.