Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Expose Sheriff Joe Then Face Unlawful Consequences

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in the news again. He was recently duped by Sacha Baron Cohen during a bit in the reality comedian’s show “Who Is America?” The comedian who famously played Borat, Bruno and Ali G has returned with a handful of new characters.

Sacha Baron Cohen plays a toy enthusiast from Finland in his interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He pretends to un-box toys for his YouTube channel while asking the “Toughest Sheriff in America” ridiculous questions. At one point, the comedian gets the sheriff to admit that he would receive sexual favors from Donald Trump. Learn more about Jim Michael and Michael Lacey: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/

This just highlights how ridiculous Sheriff Joe Arpaio really is. And it is just scratching the surface because his stupidity and racist tendencies did a lot of damage in Arizona. He was the elected sheriff of Maricopa County which is Arizona’s most populous area. It includes the city of Phoenix and its surrounding areas like the city of Scottsdale.

The sheriff was responsible for running the Maricopa County jail which he turned into a series of tents out in the desert. This is when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey began to expose the unlawful actions of the sheriff. The two men worked closely for the Phoenix New Times to expose the corrupt Sheriff’s office.

They began to publish articles about the inhumane conditions at “Tent City.” Temperatures would reach scorching heights while male inmates wore pink underwear and women were forced to walk to the bathroom near a chain-link fence which held back sex offenders. This treatment earned the sheriff the nickname “The Toughest Sheriff in America.”

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey then began to turn their attention to the activities of the sheriff’s department. They exposed the fact that the sheriff’s department was profiling Latinos. Latinos were being pulled over without probable cause because the sheriff’s department believed them to be illegal immigrants. Scores of illegal arrests then began to take place in the Valley of the Sun.

Sheriff Joe did not like the work of the two reporters and he ordered them arrested one night. Sheriff’s storm to their homes to put the men in jail for 24 days. The two reporters then filed a lawsuit to win $3.7 million in a settlement. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

Their work helped expose the racist and unlawful tendencies of Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the national media. And the national media took note as Sheriff Joe Arpaio received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump for defining federal court orders.