Times are changing, and with each passing day, a higher number of people believe in the concept, each man for himself. In the current situation, there are but a few people who are willing to put others before themselves.
Such is the partnership of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who started the Frontera Fund, in an attempt to protect Latino people from being subjected to acts done under duress due to racial profiling and worse.
The evening of October 18, 2007, was a grim one as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two media executives were forcibly removed from their homes, handcuffed and arrested under false accusations.
While the Selective Enforcement Unit was responsible for the act of capturing Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the real reason for the arrest was a personal vendetta that the Sheriff of Maricopa, Joe Arpaio had against these two media executives. This entire act was a means to intimidate the two media journalists for highlighting the Sheriff’s misdemeanors as a law personnel through writing a piece for a newspaper.
The story was published as a cover story for the Phoenix New Times paper and this, in turn, made many people aware of Joe Arpaio’s history as an active racial profiler and his various attempts to intimidate as well racially discriminate Latino cab drivers.
One would naturally assume that the First Amendment of the Constitution, gives journalists the right to express facts with opinions freely; however, this was not the case with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin as they were illegally detained in separate cells in the Sheriff’s jail. The two media journalists who started off as merely reporting a story were also arrested without a justified probable cause.
When the tides turned, justice was served as Lady Justice isn’t blind, and within 24 hours of the illegal arrest, both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released with all charges dropped. The quick release was possible due to the nationwide outcry for both the media journalists who had not done a crime yet were being penalized for one. Read more: Michael Lacey |Math Alliance and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia
One might expect, such an incident would make the people involved cower and scurry for their lives while calling themselves a victim, but this was undoubtedly not the way Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin handled the situation.
Both were survivors, not just mere victims and they filed a case against Joe Arpaio, shortly after they were released. Years of fighting a legal battle led them to get a settlement of a total of $3.7 million in 2013.
This fund was used with the sole intention of creating the Frontera Fund, a task that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin accepted wholeheartedly. Ever since then, both the survivors of this incident have dedicated their time, energy and funds to fight for the rights of the Latino people who are victims of senseless crimes such as racial segregation, profiling, and discrimination on a daily basis.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin agree in consensus that although Joe Arpaio was freed from all charges due to a Pardon by President Donald Trump, their cause to stay on track for the Latino people is even more needed right now.
The Frontera Fund strives to rectify the damage done by law personnel such as but not limited to Joe Arpaio.