When Joe Arpaio arrested Ortega Melendres, he had no idea the about the repercussions that would follow.
Mr. Melendres was in Arizona, where Arpaio served as Sheriff of Maricopa County, at the time of the arrest. Melendres was in the country legally on a tourist visa, but Joe Arpaio didn’t care.
Joe Arpaio was known, even back then, for his brutal policing tactics. Stories about inmate torturing and beatings emanated from “Tent City,” Arpaio’s signature facility. Joe Arpaio’s history of brutality towards the Hispanic is also well documented.
When Joe Arpaio arrest Mr. Melendres, it was for one sole reason: the color of Melendres’s skin. Joe Arpaio was attempting to combat illegal immigration by arresting nearly every brown person he could. Arpaio didn’t care if they were in the country legally, born here, or an official citizen. He arrested them all the same. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
When a judge discovered that Joe Arpaio was using racial profiling as a tactic to enforce the law, Arpaio was ordered to stop. Arpaio didn’t listen and was charged with criminal contempt. After he was charged Arpaio tried to weasel out of his punishment by citing ignorance of the meaning behind the court order. This tactic obviously didn’t work: Joe Arpaio was convicted of the charges in 2017.
This is when Donald Trump came to save his fellow GOP member. Donald Trump teased the pardon weeks prior at an Arizona Trump rally, but people were still unsure whether the pardon would actually happen.
It did. Donald Trump officially pardoned Joe Arpaio and stole the justice away from the hundred’s of people who were terrorized by Joe Arpaio.
Two journalists from Arizona refuse to take the pardon in stride. Those journalists are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, formally of the Phoenix New Times. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
They may no longer be the owners of the Phoenix New Times, but their efforts against Arpaio have manifested in a different way. Lacey and Larkin opened a charity called The Frontera Fund and began working to correct Arpaio’s damage.
The Frontera Fund focuses their effort on the primary target of Joe Arpaio, Hispanics. Due to the torture these people had to endure, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to donate to charities such as the ACLU of Arizona, Can the Border Divide Us?, and Aliento.
Arpaio likely found relief in the fact that Lacey and Larkin were out of the newspaper business, but they didn’t stay out for long. Front Page Confidential was created just after Arpaio announced his plan to run for Congress. Arpaio’s announcement could be the prime reason Front Page Confidential was created.
With their new paper, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have also widened their journalistic scope to include many other corrupt members of the GOP like Paul Ryan and Orrin Hatch. President Donald Trump has even been a frequent subject in the pages of Front Page Confidential