It was during the nighttime of October 18, 2007, that two journalists had their constitutional rights violated. These two journalists, Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey, were arrested by deputies of Maricopa County in Arizona. The deputies were acting under the direction of Joe Arpaio who at the time was the Sheriff of the county. Both Larkin and Lacey were journalists for their newspaper Village Voice Media as well as executives of the company.
Both of these men were handcuffed by the police officers in their homes and then placed into vehicles that not only had dark tinted windows but were also ones where they had license plates from Mexico. This effort of was done in order to intimidate them as Sheriff Arpaio had a number of things to hide and he felt intimidating journalists should help his cause. Both of the journalists were soon released because the legal reasons to hold them were flimsy at best.
Joe Arpaio has for a long time billed himself as America’s toughest sheriff. When people out him as a number of negative things, such as a racist, he has lashed out instead of reasonably defending his position. During the case involving Lacey and Larkin he has shown this time and again in the legal arguments that have been launched in his favor.
Both Mike Lacy and Jim Larkin are longtime members of the media industry. They have been a part of the media since the late 1960’s and have reported on a number of really important issues.
After their arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio they were quickly released as the charges were instantly acknowledged as being unreasonable. Both of them decided to start a fund which would fight back against constitutional risks that of other more importantly. Both Larking and Lacey have pushed back
It takes a lot of time, energy, and effort to help others. After their arrest and release both Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey have redoubled their efforts in the fight against racism, sexism. and other forms of discrimination. They used the proceeds of the judgment the won against Maricopa County in an effort to help others that are fighting for their civil rights.