Being awaken by strange knocks on your doors at night can be very astonishing and nerve-wracking for many individuals especially if you have witnessed other individuals who have undergone the same experience in the past.
However, this was different for the two journalists who owned the Village Voice Media, Jim Larkin and his business partner, Michael Lacey. They had messed up with the brutal sheriff of the county at that time, Joe Arpaio.
This was after they disclosed the illegal behaviors that he had been using to administer the county that made a lot of people resentful and hurt. However, despite the great pain that he caused to the people and especially the immigrants, no one could have the guts to stand for the rights of the immigrants by alerting him of the evil deeds that he did to them.
He had instilled fear in the media houses by arresting every individual who tried to question his administrative techniques.
Jim and Lacey, however, believed that the administrative vice by the sheriff could continue to perpetuity if no one tried to curtail it. One morning, they woke up and decided to publish all the evil deeds that the sheriff and his fellow oppressors had been directing to the Hispanic society and also the Latino immigrants. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
These included illegal arrests and detention followed by unfair convictions. The biasness never ended at that point; the immigrants who were arrested would be unfairly punished and some executed in some extra-judicial techniques.
After the publication, the public was very happy because the two journalists had spoken for the voiceless in the community. They were happy that the sheriff’s mischief had been addressed and so they expected some change from his administration.
On the other hand, the news met Sheriff Arpaio with a lot of anger. He immediately ordered the apprehension of Jim and Lacey by his county officers. This was when they went knocking by the doors of the two journalists at night. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/
They dragged them out of their homes and took them to the prisons where they were held in custody. The public was so disgruntled by this act and responded by demonstrations on the streets. They all had a common objective; demanding the immediate release of their mouthpieces, Jim and Lacey. The two were released with immediate effect
After prolonged tussles between the public and the police, Arpaio gave in to their demands and released the duo. This would however not be the end as Lacey and Larkin went to court demanding justice for their illegal arrest.
The legal tussle went on for a while, and in 2013, they received the justice that they had requested. The Appellate Court ruled the compensation of the two journalists with an amount not less than $3.7 million.