Back in 2007, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were both arrested through the command of Joe Arpaio. This sheriff had a special unit that he used to perform certain deeds, and he sent that unit out to arrest these two men. The men were handcuffed and taken away from their homes for no real reason. The vehicles that the men were placed in held Mexican plates, and the two men were booked into separate jails from one another. Joe Arpaio is the one who chose to have these two arrested, and he was someone who had been talked about before that moment as having done things that were not fully legal or ethical.
There had been reports of financial irregularities in the office of Joe Arpaio, and there had also been reports of other things that this sheriff was doing wrong, before the arrests of Lacey and Larkin. The two men were arrested after they had written something together that showed that this sheriff’s allies had done things that were not ethical or good. The friends of this sheriff had used their jobs at the courthouse to try to get information that they were not meant to have. The men tried to expose the wrongs that had been done, and they were arrested for the writing that they did.
People got upset when Lacey and Larkin were arrested for no good reason. Because people were so upset, Joe Arpaio had no choice but to let the two go. They were released from jail and the charges that had been placed against them were dropped. Their illegal detention got people talking about the First Amendment and it set off a court battle on that subject. Lacey and Larkin decided to use the money that they won in their battle to support the Frontera Fund, an initiative that looks out for the Hispanic community.