Former Maricopa County Sheriff and controversial figure, Joe Arpaio escaped from a potential jail term after President Trump issued a pardon to him. Though the conservative extremists applauded the decision, it actually brought heavy criticism from different corners of the society. Liberal and independent political activists came to streets to protest against the decision.
The people who endured the tortures of Arpaio felt that they were defeated as no justice delivered to them. In that situation, many people came out to speak against the Presidential decision. Among them, Michael Lacey was a prominent name who had a painful story with Arpaio as the villain.
He is a prominent journalist in Arizona who worked at Phoenix New Times. In 2007, he was arrested along with his colleague Jim Larkin by the special forces of Arapio mainly due to covering the wrongdoings of the Sheriff through Phoenix New Times.
While coming to the recent Presidential Pardon, Lacey blasted at Trump and said that he is a moron as Rex Tillerson previous said, and the action proved it without no doubt.
He added that the decision is the product of a marriage between two dirty and corrupt individuals. Lacey continued that Arpaio propagated racism, torture, corruption, and act of vengeance during his years of rein as the county sheriff.
Shockingly, Arpaio was notorious for designing extreme prison conditions. He even created a tent city in the Arizona desert to take the brutality of torture to the extreme level. Apart from the tortures, the inmates and detainees in tent cities had to face intense climatic conditions along with minimal basic facilities.
Arpaio even said in a TV interview that tent city is his concentration camp – showed his mentality towards the detainees. During those years, his jails witnessed innumerous prisoner suicides, torturing to deaths, many illegal and suspicious jail fund transfers and diversions, and more.
Too many sex crimes also reported during his period, which a significant percentage of them were targeting children. Lacey showed his anger that he was not held responsible or prosecuted for his heinous crimes. Instead, he was only taken to court on the racial profiling issue towards the Latinos, and that became a class action. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
Ultimately, it became a criminal conviction against him. Lacey is sure that even if Trump did not save Arpaio, he would have relieved by the court considering his age factor – which is the failure of the justice system, confirms the news reporter.
While coming to the tortures towards Lacey and Larkin, they were actively reporting the tortures, misdeeds, and malpractices done by the sheriff since he took the office in 1992.
In 2007, they were handcuffed from their homes and put behind bars in an attempt to close their mouth. However, the unprecedented public anger across the country worked in favor of the reporters, and they got released within a day.
As it was a clear breach of their First Amendment rights, the reporters sued the county at the Court of Appeal. In 2013, the court asked the county to pay a compensation, $3.75 million, for the illegal arrests to the reporters.