In the evening of October 18, 2007, various deputies in the Maricopa County Sheriffs office entered into the homes of Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. Sheriff Joe Arpaio had brought in the deputies from the “Selective Enforcement Unit” to bring the two men under arrest. The executives from Village Voice Media were taken from their homes by force and were placed into the back of awaiting SUV’s that had very dark tinted windows. Once they arrived at separate jails, the men were booked. They had been placed into separate jails by Sheriff Arpaio.
The people of Arizona know the sheriff by the nickname of “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and his name was one to be feared. The sheriff had been placed on high alert following the release of a number of his wrong doings by the Phoenix New Times. This paper reported that it was his role which fostered anti-Mexican fears along with political posturing. It was the Phoenix New Times that had released the financial differences as well as the mismanagement of the sheriffs office as being labeled as rampant.
The paper went on to talk about the abuse of power which sheriff Arpaio was using. The over run, over populated jails ran by the sheriffs department are labeled as a place to go to if you wanted to receive less than par health coverage while in jail and spoke of the poor living conditions within the walls of the jail cells.
It would later be decided that the two men had no rights to being arrested and after various people began to outcry, Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were later released and charges dropped. The original charge stemmed from the cover story where the grand jury had issued subpoenas where they asked for details of the people who worked for the paper, the readers of the paper as well as the editors who worked on the paper. When they failed to comply with the requests, they were later arrested.
During this time period, many different neighborhoods throughout the United States were forced to live like this as well. Once the case was dropped, Larkin and Lacey won a settlement against the county which was placed into an account and is used to establish the Frontera Fund.