A Presidential Pardon that Humiliated the Oppressed
Recent months saw a Presidential pardon that was laughing at the American civil society and the oppressed. It is none other than the infamous pardoning for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. While there are thousands of victims are who crying for the justice, the former Maricopa County Sheriff escaped from the law with the grace of President Donald Trump.
The civil society and the people who faced his torture came out to the streets to show their protest against the Presidential pardon. People were speaking in front of the media about the misdeeds and cruelties they faced by Arpaio. Among them, two prominent journalists’ names were highly noted: Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
They were arrested by the security officers of Arpaio in 2007 in an attempt repress their writings that were exposing the scandals, tortures, and corruptions associated with Arpaio and his office. Once after he heard about the Presidential pardon, Lacey condemned the act of the President. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
He said that President Trump is a real idiot as Rex Tillerson said once, and the recent incident of Presidential pardon proved it. According to Lacey, Arpaio was campaigning for racism and torture, and the Presidential pardon was written on the mutilated bodies and countless corpses of innocents who paid their life inside the prisons of Arpaio.
Lacey confirmed that all the six terms, from 1992 to 2016, Arpaio held the office, he was known for making brutal and inhuman jail conditions. Arpaio even constructed a tent city prison in the Arizonan deserts to lock the migrants and detainees.
The condition of the prison was horrible as the detainees had limited facilities and had to face extreme torture. Apart from that, they also had to cope up with intense climatic conditions. Quite sadly, Arpaio said in a TV interview that the tent city prison was his concentration camp – a perfect example of what was his approach towards detainees.
Numerous inmate suicide incidents, beating death issues, corruption on jail funds, and more reported during his years of rule. Also, there were numerous sexual exploitation cases with many of the incidents were targeting children. While he escaped from most of those cases, the racial profiling towards Latinos finally wrote his destiny.
However, the Presidential pardon saved him at the end. Lacey thinks that Arpaio would have got the benefit of his age, in case if there were no Presidential pardon. He thinks that it would have been the biggest failure of the Justice system of the country. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
While coming to the incidents related to the arrests of Lacey and Larkin, both of them were a nuisance for the sheriff as they were exposing him. In 2007, they were arrested and put behind bars from their homes. However, the incident went beyond the hands of Arpaio as people across the United States protested against the arrest as it was a clear breach of the First Amendment rights of the journalists.
The sheriff had to release them immediately after the arrest. The continued legal battle gave a verdict in favor of the journalist in 2013 with a compensation amount to them worth $3.75 million which was charging from the county.