Ethnic profiling from government officials and law enforcement officers is something that has been going on for a long time. However, it seems to have reached an all-time high over the past few years. Fortunately, positive elements always seem to come from challenges. The Frontera Fund is an example of one of those positive things.
It developed because of some of the heinous wrongdoings that people like Joe Arpaio and organizations like the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office inflicted on the Hispanic and Latino community.
Joe Arpaio has had it in for certain people for the stretch of his career. In fact, his acts were so noticeable that people eventually stopped supporting him. His loss in the seventh bid for re-election most likely had something to do with his behaviors.
He has been known by himself and others as being the toughest Sherrif in Maricopa County, and he seems to be completely proud of that title. Unfortunately, he let the title go to his head and started violating an assortment of rights, such as people’s civil rights.
Arpaio zoned in on Latino and Hispanic drivers and started pulling them over without any cause. Whilst he was conducting his illegal stops, he searched for some evidence that such people were in the country illegally. A judge did order him to stop his activities in 2013, but that didn’t slow him down at all. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
He and his followers continued to profile Hispanic and Latino drivers, and their string of violations against the judge’s orders ended after about 18 months. At that time, the judge ruled that the parties violated the court order and were guilty of contempt.
The contempt charge fell upon Arpaio’s head because it was quite clear that he knew the judge’s orders but did not listen to them. This time, the judge issued a whopping restitution payment order of $3.7 million.
That whopping financial flogging came after an incident where Arpaio went after some writers, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They were being honest journalists, so they wrote about Arpaio’s foul actions. He went to their homes and had them both unlawfully arrested and thrown in separate jails. That caused a judge to give such a high punishment to him. It’s abuse of one’s position of authority.
The temporary woes of Larkin and Lacey caused them to develop the Frontera Fund, which is a fund that goes toward helping organizations that help citizens fight civil rights violations. The fund also assists Latinos who cannot afford to fight for themselves. The two developed the fund from the settlement that they won in the case where Arpaio had them unlawfully locked away. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The settlement was for $3.7 million, and it was set up to deter any future acts of utter misuse of the legal system that Arpaio exhibited.
The case may not see full justice such as Arpaio being placed behind bars, but it will hopefully prevent someone from going through the pain of being wrongfully incarcerated or harassed in the future.