Larkin and Lacey: Taking Down Corruption

It seems like public opinion is more effective than actual judges and juries. Some will argue that’s a good thing, but that can also lead to some horrible things happening to innocent people. Public opinion depends on the public judging the situation. If people think it’s okay to do something horrible, then public opinion fails to bring any form of justice.

Another contributing factor in public opinion is the media coverage of the situation. Sometimes, the media doesn’t report facts or honest portrayal of the story. That was the problem in Arizona in the early 2000s. For many years, the local media ignored or made light the activities of blatant racism and unconstitutional detainment.

The only reason the nation ever found out about the abuse in Arizona was because of two media executives, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. For more than 40 years, the duo reported on what people actually needed to know. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

At first, they just reported on a simple local sheriff who seemed to be struggling to do his job. Upon further investigation, they discovered he sucked at his job because he wasn’t trying to do his job correctly. Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was involved in far more than just law enforcement.

For years, Arpaio ran anti-Mexican rallies and events, as the sheriff. He took no shame in his activities until he got caught. Up until that point, he used his power to silence any and all of his critics. That was until Lacey and Larkin began reporting on his ‘other’ activities.

He tried as hard as he could to silence New Times. Despite the constant harassment and negative energy coming from the sheriff and his supporters, no one at New Times caved. Eventually, the sheriff was driven to a point a no return.

In the October of 2007, Sheriff Arpaio sent his controversial deputies to arrest the media executives. How the deputies arrested them was the last nail in Arpaio’s coffin. The arrest seemed more like a gang-related kidnapping.

Lacey and Larkin were forcefully removed from their homes in the middle of the night. They were then forced into unmarked SUVs with Mexican license plates and driven to separate jails. Once jailed, Arpaio spent all night trying to force the duo to give up the names and personal information of their employees and readers.

That’s something that’s seem to impress President Trump. Even though the duo won their court case against Maricopa County, the President’s blatant support of Arpaio caused more than damage than anything else.

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