Frontera Fund Happens Thanks To The Role of Joe Arpaio

In the late month of October in 2007, the homes of Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were stormed into by the Selective Enforcement Unit that was being ran by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two men were taken out of the homes and placed into two dark colored SUV’s with dark tinted windows. The license plates were from Mexico and the two men were then taken to 2 different jails and booked by Sheriff Arpaio.

The arrests took place due to stories that were being ran about the misdeeds of Sheriff Arpaio. In the stories, the irregularities that took place by Joe Arpaio was being brought into question. The newspaper ran a story about how the sheriff was fostering the anti-Mexican mongering fears as well as putting his foot in place of the political posturing going on in Arizona. The main newspapers who were still running print were quick to dismiss all the allegations being brought against the sheriff. When they refused to write the truth behind the stories, the two men instead continued to tell the story.

Not only did they cover the wrong doings of the sheriff but they also wrote about the poor conditions that the jails were in a well as the abuses in power that the sheriff was taking part in. The number of deaths of the inmates within the jails was being brought to attention and the racial profiling that was taking place also was raised when a number of unconstitutional detention of Hispanic inmates.

While the men were covering stories on the sheriff, the sheriff was out to put an end to the stories by using the Maricopa County Attorney’s office where they handed down grand jury subpoena’s that were looking for the details surrounding the people who worked for the media outlet and those who read the stories written. The subpoenas issued not only asked for this information but also wanted to know the browsing histories of the visitors to the pages and the IP addresses to those visitors. Instead of the two of them giving them what they wanted, they instead went against the grain and wrote more about it.