When United states judge Bolton found sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of violating a court order it marked the height to which the sheriff had his pushed his defiant ways. The sheriff’s department had earlier on been found guilty by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow of systematic and endemic racial profiling.
The judge guided by the facts brought forward in the case had identified some measures that needed to be implemented in order to mend the gap that existed. To this end, he appointed a monitor who would be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the said changes and report back to court on the progress of the reforms.
The sheriff since his election and over the course of his six consecutive terms had turned his department into a racial profiling agency.
This would see them target the large Hispanic community that lives in Maricopa County being a border state. The sheriff ran jails that were meant to hold anyone arrested for the same and due to overcrowding problem in the county the sheriff had come up with a tented camp jail system. The system was meant to address one issue but would end up creating more problems than those that it was expected to overcome.
The tented jails were known for their brutality against inmates who were sent there as they suffered beatings for the slightest of defiances. Women who were expectant were often handcuffed to their beds as they gave birth and all this took place in a center that would get to a hundred and thirty-five degrees during summer.
The atrocities were all conducted under the watchful eyes of the sheriff as he grew his brand of America’s toughest sheriff. The sheriff engaged in the politics of race accusing the minorities or simply those that did not look like him for all the problems that faced the community. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
The Phoenix new times a newspaper that was previously owned by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin was one of the most vocal critics of the sheriff. The paper focused a lot of effort on laying bare the antics of the sheriff and ensured that America saw the real picture of what it looked like from the eyes of those who suffered this injustice.
The sheriff would be irked by this persistent reports regardless of how accurate they were.The sheriff made the publication and all those that worked for it enemies. He would routinely threaten journalist linked to the paper before he eventually banned all its reporters from attending his press conferences. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
He would, later on, arrest Jim and Micheal for publication of various material related to an overreaching subpoena. This would lead to a case that saw the sheriff, and his office sued for the illegal arrest and detention of the two.
In the end, the ninth US district court of appeals found that indeed there rights were violated and this would lead to a three thousand seven hundred and fifty million dollar settlement. The money was dedicated by Larkin and lacey to the start of the Frontera fund one of the most vocal defenders of the Hispanic rights in America.