The recent presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio caused a great amount of stir in the country. People all over the country have come forward to express their concerns about the release, solely because of the amount of injustice that Arpaio had inflicted on people living in the state of Arizona. Arpaio was initially the sheriff in Arizona, and was known to be the ‘toughest sheriff in America.’
During the tenure, he was known for committing a number of violations, especially with reference to the latin American community. He was known for inflicting various kinds of injustices on people of this community and was involved with numerous acts of wrongful doings with relation to the judicial proceedings of the people who belonged to this community.
Lacey and Larkin were two people who were able to witness this kind of injustice first hand. They were two newsmen who decided to cover an article about Joe and the wrongdoings that he had been engaged in. A day after the article was published, both the newsmen were taken from their homes against their will and falsely imprisoned. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
This carried on for forty-eight hours before they were released. The arrest was called on by Joe himself, who wanted to teach them a lesson for writing about him in their newspaper. Since there was no proper legal standing for the arrest, Lacey and Larkin both decided to sue Joe Arpaio.
This led to a suit that lasted for a total of five years before Lacey and Larkin got compensation, which they then decided to channel into a foundation that would help other people belonging to the Latin community who had to face acts of racism, not just by Arpaio, but in society in general.
Getting Arpaio to pay for the wrongdoings that he had done to the people of this community was one of the biggest reasons why Lacey and Larkin wanted to file a suit in the first place. The pardon that is being given to Arpaio turns over the effort that people all over have put into ensuring that the country is a better place for everyone to live in. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_ and http://james-larkin.com/press/
With the pardon, it gives way to others who are against people of individual races, making them falsely believe that they can inflict wrongful acts on people and get away with them, just as Arpaio did, even if they are illegal and morally wrong. It also makes them believe that sometimes, this kind of racial activity is justified, which it shouldn’t be.
In a recent interview, Lacey outlined why this shouldn’t be the course of action that the President takes. When a person is granted presidential pardon, the convicted person is considered to be let go of all liability of the act.
Arpaio should not be made not liable for the heinous hate crimes that he has committed. It sets prescient for future cases to come, giving criminals hope that maybe one day, they can also get a pardon, even if they have committed a number of grievous wrongdoings.