On 18th October 2007, armed selective enforcement unit agents from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office went to arrest Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two were working as executives at the Village Voice Media. Mike and Lacey were removed from their houses forcibly by the agents and shoved into SUVs with dark tinted windows that were bearing Mexican number plates.
Later they were put into different jails that were under the management of Arpaio. The arrest of the two gentlemen had been planned and executed by Arpaio. Many knew Arpaio as the toughest sheriff, but this had come to an end after the Phoenix New Times exposed his deeds.
Larkin and Lacey were arrested for publishing an article on Village Voice Media about the misconduct of Sheriff Arpaio earlier that day. There were many incidents where Arpaio had been warned about his actions. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
For instance, in 2011, Murray Show, a judge of the United States District had informed him about detaining immigrants on the grounds of suspicion about their status. Show had told him that those were not enough evidence to hold anybody. In addition to this, several publications had brought out Arpaio’s heinous acts. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/jim_larkin
Most of his evil actions were being handled behind closed doors before 2011 when they were exposed by a lawsuit. The lawsuit filed a case against Arpaio over ten years ago. However, this did not stop Arpaio from continuing to encourage racial discrimination at his workplace.
The outcry of people after they got enough of Arpaio attracted the attention of reporters. It was after this time that Lacey and Larkin started exposing the acts of Arpaio to the American public. In several occasions, they wrote and butted heads against the department. These led to the two being arrested, and they decided to report to the Phoenix New Times.
Not many newspapers were reporting the story of Arpaio by the time Lacey and Larkin were releasing these stories. The report that was made about the arrest by the Sheriff department was not something unusual. However, many newspapers started coming up with stories derived from Larkin and Lacey’s original story; thus, the scandal became well known to a level of receiving national coverage.
Larkin and Lacey stayed for 24 days in prison before being released. Immediately, the two filed a suit against Arpaio exposing more information concerning his corruption and malpractices. The lawsuit was settled at a cost of$3.7 million.