In 2007, the Hispanic community in America was in the midst of experiencing some of the worst racial discrimination in recent times. Especially in states like Arizona, people who belonged to this community were being charged with numerous crimes, all because of one person – Joe Arpaio. Joe was someone who was known for putting all the bad guys away and had gained the reputation of being one of the toughest sheriffs in the country. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
But soon word started spreading that he was wrongfully trying these people in court, and he had no basis for the numerous different arrests that he was conducting on as often as he liked.
At the time, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were editors for their newsletter. Both of them belonged to the Hispanic community and openly spoke about their speculation of Joe and all that he was doing. They knew that it was important to inform the people about the corruption that existed in the system, however, did not know that it would backfire on them in such a harsh way.
In a span of a few hours after the release of their article, Lacey and Larkin were both arrested outside their homes. Having done nothing wrong, the arrest came around to look like an enforcement of what Lacey and Larkin had written about. The two of them were kept in a cell overnight, without being told what they were in for, which goes against the system of justice that America has.
Word soon spread of their arrest, with the Hispanic community all over America coming forward to raise their opinions on the injustice that was happening in the system.
Lacey and Larkin had to spend forty-eight hours in a cell, after which they met with Joe who told them that they were in for writing. Since that is not an admissible grounds for an arrest, they were let go. However, this was a glaring example of what Joe was doing to members of the Hispanic community.
Lacey and Larkin wanted to fight back and help other people like them. They sued Joe for wrongful confinement and used the money that they got to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The two of them saw this as one of the best ways to use the settlement money. The fund serves as a backing to all those who are a victim of hate crimes in the United States, to help them fight their cases and prevent injustice caused to them.