Arizona District Judge Susan Bolton allowed the Presidential Pardon of Joe Arpaio to go through in November last year, which was an event that caused a lot of stir in the country. People all over America started revolting and voiced their opinions about the injustices that Arpaio had committed, and how it would be unethical and unlawful to grant him a pardon.
A Presidential Pardon is when the president of the country, in this case, Donald Trump pardons someone who was convicted for their actions, marking their sentence as reversed, and leaving them free to lead a normal life once again.
Arpaio had gained a lot of popularity during his time as Sheriff of Maricopa County, none of which for good reasons. He was known to be one of the most brutal and discriminatory sheriffs in the entire country who inflicted a great deal of injustice onto people who belonged to the Latin American community who were living in the country.
He also received a lot of negative attention for the conditions that the prisons that he was running were kept in. There were numerous cases of inmate deaths that arose as a result of the violence that was being inflicted on them. Several other reports also started emerging about how the inmates here were being forcefully imprisoned even beyond their sentences, and how they were also being denied necessities like food, water, and clothing. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
One of the more prominent events that caught a lot of attention and set the record straight for the acts that Arpaio was committing was the false imprisonment if Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two were working as newsmen for the Phoenix New Times, one of the prominent newspapers in Arizona.
They had heard and come across accounts of the several different acts that Arpaio had committed during his tenure as the Sheriff and decided to post about it in their newspaper. They were then promptly taken from their homes and falsely imprisoned in one of the holding facilities that was being run by Arpaio. Arpaio did not have a warrant for the arrest, which is why Lacey and Larkin decided to sue Arpaio upon release.
The case took five long years before Lacey and Larkin were given a settlement of three million each, which they then decided to use to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The organization’s aim was to provide aid to members of the Latin American community who were facing discrimination at the hands of people like Arpaio. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The organization had put in an incredible amount of effort into helping get Arpaio a sentence that would make him pay for the actions that he had committed. Just when the organization thought that they had finally won, the Presidential Pardon came around to change the ruling that was imposed on Arpaio.
Arpaio had been a long time supporter of Donald Trump, and vise versa. There is no doubt that both of them share the same views about people from minority communities, which is why the pardon was seen as something that would eventually happen, given their connection with each other.