The Presidential pardon for the former Maricopa County Sheriff has made a large section of people upset. Especially the victims of his tortures have felt that they were humiliated by the action of President Trump. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two journalists who got arrested and tortured by the Sheriff, made harsh reactions towards the decision.
The co-founders of Phoenix New Times were arrested in October 2007 for their continuous reporting of various scandals, abuses, corruption, and custodial deaths under Arpaio’s administration in the county. In the wake of the latest decision, Lacey opened his mind and gave a sharp criticism towards the irresponsible act of the President. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://james-larkin.com/
He said that the President behaved like a fool and his pardon approval for the Sheriff proved it. It was like a marriage between two unethical and corrupt individuals, and the Sheriff propagated torture and racism throughout his career. Lacey continued that the President signed the approval over the parade of corpses of innocent lives that came out of Arpaio’s jails.
The Sheriff was notorious for creating brutal prison conditions. He constructed a tent city prison to torture people and called it as a concentration camp in a number of TV interviews.
According to Lacey, Arpaio was behind endless inmate suicides, brutal beating deaths, abuses and tortures towards even pregnant women, a significant number of sex crimes with a majority of them targeting children, and more. He was also credited with some corruption charges including diverting jail funds worth $100 million.
At the peak of his crimes, Arpaio was even doing racial profiling to target the Latinos living in Maricopa County. It finally led to Melendres class action, and that made Arpaio convicted and opened doors to jail. However, the intervention of President Trump in the form of pardon saved him from a potential prison term. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
But, Lacey thinks that even if President did not sanction a pardon to Arpaio, he would have escaped due to the flaws of the justice system of the country as he already crossed the age of 85. Lacey feels that it becomes a failure to the country’s justice system.
While the class action was for his failure to follow the instruction of the court in racial profiling, Lacey says that Arpaio was never charged or tried on the various tortures and deaths inside his prisons. Lacey concluded that Arpaio derailed the careers and lives of many people but escaped from the hands of the justice system of the country.
Lacey and Larkin met each other when they were attending Arizona State University in the early 1970s. They discontinued the studies and started Phoenix New Times in the year 1972. As a campus weekly, it discussed liberal politics and values and opposed the views of local media who supported ultra-conservative views, including criticism towards antiwar protests by students.
Their arrest in 2007 by Arpaio created immediate reactions by the civil societies in the form of different types of protests. It forced Arpaio to release both within a day. The prolonged legal battle on the arrest ended with a court decision to pay $3.75 million compensation to the journalists in 2013.