Michael Lacey found himself on the wrong side of the sheriff of Maricopa County when together with his colleague, Jim Larkin, they disclosed the evil side of the sheriff.
Joe Arpaio, who had been in power since 1992 had led the administration of the county with a lot of impunity, and this had angered a lot of people. The sheriff had also led his officers in discriminating against the immigrants who had resided in the county since the era of the slave trade in the United States. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
They had since become citizens of the country amid the abolishment of the backward trade. After observing how the county administration was mistreating the Latinos, Jim and Lacey decided that they would speak on behalf of these individuals who could never speak for themselves due to the intimidation by the Sheriff.
He could arrest the immigrants and torture them while in custody, especially if they were of the female gender. This was quite inhumane, and a lot of people felt that it was against human rights to treat them in such a brutal manner.
Luckily, Lacey and Jim owned a newspaper that was named the Village Voice Media. With the help of the media, they could easily speak out any information that they felt was necessary and reach a larger audience than the oppressed group of the minority.
So they compiled the details of the Sheriff’s administration that were done against the rights of the marginalized communities and published them in the Village Voice Media. This action did not augur well with Sheriff Arpaio. He felt that the two journalists had breached his privacy and they could bring him some trouble if the information landed into the wrong hands.
The details that Lacey and Larkin disclosed about the sheriff’s administration included the torture and the illegal arrests that were perpetrated towards the immigrants. The Officers of Arpaio could arrest the immigrants upon suspicion that they were opposing his ways of administration.
This was infringing on the rights of these individuals, and so the journalists had captured the issue in their release. Also in the compilation was the issue of a Grand Jury that had been formed by Arpaio in order execute the Hispanics and other minority groups illegally whenever they were thought to have committed an offense.
Following the press release, Arpaio gave orders to his junior officers to immediately apprehend the two journalists so that he could teach them some severe lessons. That night, the two were removed from their houses by police officers who were armed like robbers and were taken to the headquarters of the Maricopa County Police. Heavy security was delegated to guard them to ensure that they never got away unpunished. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times
The following morning, the news about their arrest spread all over Arizona like the bushfire. The residents of the county were mad about the action of the sheriff, and they all demanded that Arpaio release the duo.
Following those demonstrations, the county officers released Michael and Jim so that the county could restore its calm.