Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey faced grave injustice at the hands of the Maricopa County Sheriff when they were picked up from their homes at the middle of the night and arrested wrongfully. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been controversial in Arizona for many years and is known for his bias against the minorities, especially the Hispanic community.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the co-owners of the famous alternative media company named Village Voice Media and have been raising voice against the atrocities against the minorities in the region. Larkin and Lacey believe that they were oppressed against the constitutional guidelines and that the culprits should be punished. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
However, even when the courts convicted Joe Arpaio, he was recently given pardon by the United States President Donald Trump. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio supported the presidency of Donald Trump from the very beginning and even helped in his presidential campaign and thus, Trump returning the favor by granting him pardon came as no surprise.
As per many political analysts, it was a smart move by Joe Arpaio to have backed Donald Trump during the Presidential campaigns as he would have guessed who would win the elections and how he can guarantee a safe exit from punishment.
Larkin and Lacey started out in the world of publication and news when they were in college, and their news publishing business continued to grow with time and now manages over a dozen newspapers across the country.
The papers of Village Voice Media often raises voice against the issues and the politicians to create awareness among the people as to what is going wrong in the society. It is why the news publishing house faces heat from the system, but Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey continues to do their work irrespective of the criticism they face.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested on the orders of Joe Arpaio, and they were forced to spend nearly a month in the prison before they were released. They filed a case in the court against the injustice they faced and eventually won the case and were even granted compensation of nearly $4 million in damages.
It is with this amount they started Frontera Fund to help the people from low-income families get the financial assistance they need to pay for the legal expenses as well as to create awareness about first amendment rights, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and more.
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