The duty of government officials is to always abide by the law, put the interest of the people first and to put their best feet forward. Government service is also not a launching pad for generating wealth, although it may be acceptable for wealthy people to go to government to help others.
In the case with Joe Arpaio, his performance of his duty in the government has been troublesome and questionable. This is even made more problematic when Arpaio was accused of abusing the human rights of journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The story of Arpaio’s involvement with Lacey and Larkin started about a decade ago when Arpaio detained the two journalists. Both of them even spent time in prison, and if it weren’t for the case filed against Arpaio, the two journalists would not have gotten their release quickly.
The reason that Arpaio eventually detained the two journalists is because he was seen to have been threatened by the journalistic work of them against him. In fact, in 2011, Arpaio was seen to have been lectured by the United States District Judge Murray Snow about how to deal with immigrant rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Multiple cases were also already filed against Arpaio for his indiscretion on how he detains the people he accuses. He is also seen to have been a man who isolates and discriminates against Latinos, and oversteps on their rights mandated by the constitution, especially the First Amendment clauses.
While these infractions of Arpaio would have been overlooked, there were put on the spotlight when a formal suit was filed against him because of the terrible conditions of inmates in Tent City under his command. Latinos and other immigrant inmates didn’t get the right treatment that they deserved.
Lacey and Larkin also considered the faulty actions of Arpaio to be a cause of investigation. Reports would indicate that this must be the reason why Arpaio finally arrested the two journalists after an investigation was done against the two journalists for a grand jury situation invoving a special prosecution team.
A big highlight in this entire timeline is the fact that President Trump granted pardon for Arpaio. It’s up for debate why Trump gave him pardon, but many analysts would argue that Arpaio gained the favor of the President because of his support for him during his presidential campaign.
The Result of Investigation
Lacey and Larkin got the justice they wanted immediately after they were released out of prison, which lasted for 24 days. They filed a lawsuit against Arpaio, exposing his misdeeds and corruption, and then eventually got a settlement money of about $3.7 million.
The settlement money is now used by Lacey and Larkin to create the Frontera Fund. This is a group that helps Latinos, ethnic minorities and other marginalized sectors get the human rights protection that they deserve. The fund also makes sure that people get the equal protection provided by the First Amendment.
There’s still a lot of uncertainty as to what will happen to Arpaio now that he is pardoned. However, it’s enough to say that Lacey and Larkin will be following through the entire development.