Life is beautiful. However, for many people, the beauty has been sucked out of life—all because of Joe Arpaio. Imagine driving around to wherever you need to go, and getting stopped by a police officer. That is already a pain.
Take it a step further and imagine that you are now being detained because you “look like an illegal alien.” As a result, you are being exposed to a compromising situation where you are open to abuse by law enforcement. This is what many drivers have gone through under the authority of Sheriff Arpaio.
Arpaio could only do this kind of stuff for so long before higher authorities caught up with him. The U.S. District Court gave a preliminary injunction to Arpaio in 2011, warning him to stop targeting drivers of the Latino persuasion. For a couple of years, Arpaio refused to heed the warning of the court . In 2013, it was ruled that he took part in racial profiling, and that criminal contempt against the court had been committed.
Latinos weren’t the only people who suffered under the elderly fist of Sheriff Arpaio. Anybody who dissented from his opinion or questioned him suffered.
The owners of The Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, felt the might of Sheriff Arpaio’s corruption. They took the initiative to point out every little horrible thing that Arpaio did, just to let the public know how unjust things were. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
In the middle 2000s, a landmark situation happened where one of The Phoenix New Times’ reporters published the address of Arpaio’s domicile. The Sheriff was really bitter about this, so he leveraged some of the state’s laws to get the two men into trouble.
There was a law stating that the domiciles of law enforcement workers could not be published if the reason for doing so was meant to be mean. Larkin and Lacey, to this day, say that such a law is against free speech.
So, the local government sent the two publishers subpoenas. The subpoenas requested that they submit information about themselves and all of the reporters of their publication.
What was even more alarming is the fact that they were requested to retrieve information from people who subscribed to their website and submit it to the government. Instead of giving in to the pressures of the local government, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey published info about the bizarre subpoena.
Upon publishing their experience, goons came to their homes and arrested them. Fortunately, they got out of jail as quick as they were thrown in, and went after the local government in a court case. In 2013, after six years of court battles, they won money.
Larkin and Lacey are not the only ones who have struggled against Sheriff Arpaio. Countless people who supposedly looked like “illegal aliens” suffered.
Countless more currently suffer as justice is not being served. Sheriff Arpaio’s prosecution has been abrogated by President Donald Trump. Trump called him an upstanding citizen, and believed him to be innocent.