Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested for using their born given amendments. The arrest were provoked by Joe Arpaio who was one of the sheriff in the Phoenix Arizona area at the time. The sheriff was upset with Larkin and Lacey because they did a high profile story on a controversial topic. After the New Times cover story was published an arrest record was granted for the two to be arrested.
Larkin and Lacey should not have been arrested in the first place, after all they were just using their first amendment of freedom of speech. In addition to the two being arrested the Maricopa County Attorney’s office also wanted to read through the internet browsing histories and personal IP addresses, which is a total violation of privacy. Once Larkin and Lacey was arrested, they were told the reason for the arrest was “writing”.
Larkin and Lacey had the public complete support throughout the entire process. They were jailed for 24 hours. During this whole time they had many supporters who demanded the to be released. They were finally released and all charges were dropped against both of them.
The arrest was completely illegal because it violated our human First Amendment rights.
They were arrested with no probable cause. The two gentlemen were awarded $3.7 million. This money was paid by Maricopa county to both Lacey and Larkin,
Larkin and Lacey used the money to create an organization named the Frontera Fund. This organizations supports the Hispanic community. They help them protect their civil and racial rights. They also help people who have suffered from any racial abuse in the state of Arizona. They also support immigrant rights in the state of Arizona,
Even though Larkin and Lacey were happy to receive the settlement they did not forget about how sad and racially bias it still is in some places in America. Both Larkin and Lacey will continue to work hard each and every day to protect those people who aren’t able to protect themselves. They are already well known throughout the state for during an extraordinary job with the public!