Most presidential pardons in the United States usually face controversies from different people, and when president Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the situation wasn’t any different. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Joe Arpaio was the harshest known Sheriff in Maricopa County in Arizona and was charged for his atrocious acts against Latinos. For more than ten years he has been accused of malpractices and corruption, but he always got away with it.
However, when two media personalities, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were wrongfully imprisoned following Arpaio’s directives, Arpaio’s heinous acts got more exposed to the public.
How it started
Larkin and Lacey were hauled from their homes in Arizona after Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit agents to arrest them for disclosing information about a grand-jury investigation.
The two were part of Village Voice Media newspaper and had published an article on the grand jury which was investigating them without their knowledge. The Sheriff was disappointed by their ongoing publications covering his antagonistic law enforcement strategies.
Since Arpaio started working as Sheriff, multiple cases have been filed against his department. However, most of these accusations were solved behind closed doors until 2011 when the lawsuits rose to the surface.
The case file exposed the doings of the Sheriff, and he was charged with violation of immigrants’ rights especially the Latinos. Despite facing all these allegations, Arpaio continued with his work in the office until the increased outcry from the public probed reporters to start paying more attention to the accusations.
This was when Larkin and Lacey started to publicize Arpaio’s notorious acts leading to their wrongful arrest and imprisonment. They were later released after 24 days, and they filed a case against the Sheriff which was settled for 3.7 million. Larkin and Lacey decided to use the settlement money to fund movements that fight the violation of rights against immigrants.
The presidential pardon
After the settlement in the court, the Sheriff was affected and thus was not re-elected as a Sheriff anymore. Also, he was charged in court with contempt during the Melendres Suit in years 2017. Luckily for him, he found favours with Trumps administration mainly because of his political experiences and was promised a presidential pardon.
However, Trump’s pardon on Arpaio has become a controversial debate in the country due to his known malpractices when in office. As more movement join hands to overcome abuse of power especially against the immigrants, it is possible that people might never support Arpaio’s agendas.