Joe Arpaio is a former sheriff of Maricopa County. He is popular for his action against the immigrants living in this county. For 24 years, he was the sheriff of the county and managed to win the seat for six times. In what is seen by some experts as a way of retaining the seat, Joe was against immigration into the United States by Latinos who were coming from the southern border of Mexico.
Joe Arpaio knew that there was a high number of nationalists in the county who hated the idea of immigration. By managing to convince them that he would protect them from effects of immigration, he was able to keep them in his voting basket.
Jim Larkin who is human rights activist in the United States is one person who followed Joe Arpaio closely and knows all the things he did. One thing he gives Arpaio credit for is being a smart politician. He knew how to play with the minds of the people, and that is how he managed to retain the seat.
Jim Larkin however, detests Arpaio for the action he took when dealing immigrants. He was ruthless and in so doing messed up the lives of very many people.
Victims of Arpaio misconduct were immigrants living in the county without the necessary documents. He hunted them down and made sure that they went through torture they have never seen in their lives. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Joe Arpaio created concentration camps which he used as jails to hold the immigrants as they awaited deportation. The concentration camps were inhabitable. They lacked all the necessities needed to support human life.
There was a shortage of water and food in the facility. One of the popular concentration camps that were behind torture of many immigrants is Tent City. The camp can be described as hell by those who went through it. People were beaten and even killed by officers attached to the county. Women would give birth while chained to their beds.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalist and owners of a publication known as Phoenix New Times. They were following the actions that were being taken by Joe Arpaio and documenting it. They would use the publication to highlight the wrongs that were being committed to those who were in the country illegally. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Being an immigrant is not a crime that should be punishable by death. It is not clear how just because you are an immigrant someone would see you as a criminal who deserves a bullet in the head or just torture like the one Arpaio was sponsoring.
Arpaio was so evil that instead of building better jails, he would channel the money to other causes and instead built temporary facilities which he called concentration camps. Lacey and Larkin also faced the wrath of the rogue officer after Arpaio arrested them.
They were later released. They instituted charges against Arpaio and the state. The case ended with a compensation of $3.75 million to the duo. They are now using this money to assist human rights groups in Arizona to play their role.