Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin had been handcuffed and then arrested on October 18, 2007. This was done by the deputies who belonged to Maricopa County. These two are Village Voice Media Executives.
They were made to leave their homes in the Phoenix area and shoved into an unmarked SUV. Later on, they were put into separate jails which were managed by Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricopa County.
These two journalists were arrested due to a cover story which they penned in Phoenix New Times. Lacey and Larkin were released from jail within 24 hours. This was because of a national outcry as their arrest was widely covered by the media. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
This led to a court battle which was about the First Amendment rights as well as abuse power that was depicted by this illegal detention of Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. It was discovered that the subpoenas that had been served by the Grand Jury to both of them had been invalid. Then it was announced that Lacey and Larkin had been arrested in a false manner.
These two have received settlement money. This has led to the formation of the Frontera Fund. This is a fund that is supposed to help the Hispanic community to deal with issues like racism and civil rights abuse in the state of Arizona. Larkin says that he had been taught from an early age to help those who were less fortunate.
During the 2014 mid-term poll, the politicians on both sides started campaigning by developing an anti-Hispanic political stand. This was when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had to start distributing Frontera Fund dollars to nonprofit groups that were advocating for Hispanic civil rights and such other causes.
Jim Larkin says that there is no other group that is more deserving than the Mexican Immigrants. This is because they travel all the way to Arizona looking for work and such other economic opportunities. It was in 2012 that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that getting a direct assault towards the First Amendment through immediate arrests of the critics are not going to be an easy task.
The courts had granted a $3.7 million settlement that was paid by Maricopa County to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in 2013. Lacey had said that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was detaining Mexican migrants. He was demonizing anyone with brown skin, and this included American citizens too.