If there is one guy you want to stay clear of Joe Arpaio or better referred to as former Sheriff of Maricopa, Arizona Joe Arpaio. Known as the bad ass Sheriff who took no bull in his jurisdiction it seems there was far more to his story.

Joe Arpaio has had 7 terms as Sheriff of Maricopa and seemed quite a public figure when supporting President Donald Trump during his election. As Donald Trump screamed about President Obama being born outside of the United States Joe Arpaio jumped on his back and supported the attack on President Obama’s birthright. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

The fact that Joe Arpaio believed President Obama to be an illegal alien is just a speck of the reason he is such a public name. His profiling of Latinos and Hispanics within Maricopa is the real issue facing him.

Within his department the obvious misuse of force and power towards the large population of Spanish was quite well known. He had been getting away with this reprehensible behavior for far too long.

When the two executives who public The Phoenix Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continued to publish articles that showed Sheriff Arpaio for what he really was the Sheriff’s anger got the best of him. In an effort to stop his bad press and flex his muscles the Sheriff arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin without any clear reason.

They were frighteningly taken to seperate jails in unmarked cars with Mexican license plates. This sort of detainment for two executives seemed clearly strange and supporters screamed from the rooftops for their release. Thankfully Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released the following day. Read more:

What could have been a quite retreat by the two executives really only lit their fire brighter. After winning a 3.7 million dollar settlement from Maricopa County these two executives started The Frontera Fund. They have decided to use the funds from their traumatic run in with Sheriff Arpaio to help the Hispanic and Latino people fight back against discrimination.

Sheriff Arpaio has since been pardoned by President Trump, no doubt for his support of the Trumps attack on President Obama’s place of birth. But now The Frontera Fund will be there because of the evil workings of Sheriff Arpaio.

So for all the ugliness that he has strewn throughout Maricopa County The Frontera Fund wants to clean it up. The idea that he won’t pay for his crimes is disheartening but comfort lies in the good that will come from The Frontera Fund.

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