The presidents of the United States are allowed by law to give pardons to people they may wish to. In a recent case of pardon that left the public worried about the state of human rights in the United States, President Donald Trump pardoned the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.
The pardon happened a short while after Trump was elected to office. The pardon was as a result of a court case facing Arpaio where he was found guilty of ignoring court orders. In 2011, a judge had ordered him to stop detaining immigrants in his county, but he did not follow the orders. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://reporterexpert.com/sheriff-arpaios-2017-criminal-conviction-clash-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media
The former drugs enforcement official believed that immigration did not deserve to be allowed in the United States. With too many immigrants coming into the country especially through the Mexican border, he feared that they would take up all the opportunities meant for the natives.
Joe Arpaio actions were exposed by the duo of Michael and Jim. The two journalists owned the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice media. Through these channels, they revealed all the illegalities that Arpaio was committing to the immigrants.
Immigrants were hunted down in door-door searches that would capture all the undocumented immigrants who would then be placed in concentration camps. The concentration camps were used as torture chambers where officers assigned to Arpaio would beat immigrants. He also made sure that the facilities did not have the requirements for human survival. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Whenever the county received money for building more prison, he would divert them to other causes. The concentration camps were poorly maintained and were just places where immigrants would be placed awaiting deportation.
Some of them lost lives in these camps. What is interesting is that even after all the things he did to the immigrants, Joe Arpaio is still safe and will never be charged for the crimes he committed.
Lacey and Larkin did not escape the ruthless arm of Arpaio. After they published an investigative piece about him, he made sure that they were punished. He acquired a secret grand jury subpoena which gave him orders to search the media house they owned.
Luckily, they heard about the subpoena and published a story about it before Arpaio could conduct the raid. He was angered by the decision taken by the two and ordered for their arrest in the middle of the night. Arpaio was however forced to release them the following day after public outcry became too much.
Larkin and Lacey did not just take the matter lightly. They knew their rights band decoded that enough was enough for the Sheriff. They took him to court for violating their rights.
The court ordered that they are compensated $3.75 million. Lacey and Larkin started a foundation that supports minority groups in the state of Arizona. They are committed to seeing that no other person is forced to go through extreme violation of human rights as it happened in the case of Joe Arpaio and the immigrant’s community.