Some of the frontline heroes in America today are the proud and courageous journalists who go out of their way to uncover stories of evil and vindictiveness. Two journalists that come to my mind are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
They have used their Village Voice Media Corporation and its 17 publications to reveal the many evils that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has committed. It is their hope that by revealing these crimes that he will one day face justice.
One story that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin released in the newspaper was how Sheriff Joe Arpaio would humiliate the inmates in his prisons. One way that he humiliated them was by making the younger men wear pink ladies undies. This in itself is humiliating, but when you remember that many older prison mates will want to rape that new inmate because of the underwear, it becomes even more atrocious. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and http://james-larkin.com/
Another way that Sheriff Joe Arpaio humiliated his inmates was by giving them food that failed health inspections. It was not uncommon for him to serve food that was passed the expiration date, curdled, rotten, and just plain rancid.
Even more disturbing is the amount of police brutality that has occurred in his prison system. Perhaps the worst prison underneath Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the infamous Tent City. Sheriff Joe Arpaio fondly calls this place his concentration camp.
Reports show how Sheriff Joe Arpaio would deny inmates the water they needed to stay hydrated. He would then make them run outside in 135° weather in the middle of an Arizona summer. Many inmates passed out and had a heatstroke since they did not have enough water in their system.
After the inmates got done running, he would have them go inside where they would be beaten by batons and nightsticks which the security guards wielded with an unmerciful glee. The reports would often state that these inmates were trying to escape or were being uncooperative. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Perhaps the most heart-wrenching story is of a woman who was eight months pregnant and needed to see a physician. She had been having pains in her abdominal region and was no longer feeling the baby move. She requested to see a doctor but instead was chained to her bed where she had a miscarriage, and both she and the baby died as a result.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would also show records proving that Hispanics were hanging themselves at an unnatural rate. It was believed by the coroner’s office that those who had been hanged received some sort of outside help. It is even more heart-wrenching when you realize that the only people who had access to these Hispanics were the security guards themselves.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin made all of this public so that Sheriff Joe Arpaio would be brought to justice. Unfortunately, President Donald Trump showed just how crooked his heart was by pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio who now is continuing his reign of evil in the state of Arizona.