The foundation of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund marked the end of the Arpaio rule of tyranny. It was all a Constitutional reaction to unconstitutional events that had plagued the office of the sheriff at Maricopa County.
The demise of the Arpaio regime only meant that the end had come for the oppressive sheriff’s rule but not his legacy.
Therefore, after conquering the biggest adversary to justice and the Hispanic community in Arizona, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to begin the deconstruction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s oppressive legacy.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are veteran journalists with a rich history of human and civil rights activism. They decided to investigate what turned out to be the most abrasive and abusive American sheriff regime in the twenty-first century after receiving more than enough complaints from Arizona local.
The two found conclusive evidence to damn the law enforcer for his flagrant abuse of office and for breaching the constitution in numerous ways. Their decision t to publish the damning findings of the errant and criminal activities of the Maricopa County Sheriff were nothing short of heroic because they were aware they would face retribution from him.
The sheriff was reputed for arresting and brutalizing his critics, sometimes even sending them to prison through malicious prosecution and fabrication of evidence. Still, Larkin and Lacey exposed him for:
• Criminal negligence that caused unnecessary and avoidable death of jail inmates
• Financial misappropriation of county funds
• Using his mandate to punish his critics and business rivals
• Racially profiling and discriminating Hispanics
Sheriff Arpaio had already set precedence for himself and for the Arizona locals: cross him and face his wrath. Larkin and Lacey crossed him by publishing articles about his unconstitutional conduct and he set out to get at them.
He ordered their arrest, which was made at night and violently. His deputies did not use official vehicles when they raided the homes of the two reporters. They used unmarked and tinted vehicles instead. Much to his chagrin, the public protested the very next day because the journalists had acted in the public’s interest. They had to be released for tensions to subside. Larkin and Lacey decided to sue.
The civil proceedings that ensued opened up the way for indictments of the sheriff and other Maricopa County officials. The two won the case and were compensated with 3.75 million dollars for their grievances.
The money was put to good use, establishing the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund which supports causes which defend rights of immigrants and Hispanics in the United States but with a focus in Arizona. The fund also supports other civil and human rights activist groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights.
It fights for human rights by providing legal and financial support to causes protesting abuse. It also challenges unfavorable policies and oppressive public officials in courts for breaching the Constitution.