In October of 2007 one of the most appalling arrests and violations of civil rights took place in Arizona when the Maricopa County Sherriff, Joe Arpaio and his special enforcement unit arrested Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. Larkin and Lacey previously worked for Village Voice Media and did a variety of stories on the recent activities of the sheriff, which drew a lot of criticism from the public.
Larkin and Lacey were arrested and thrown into separate vans and taken to different jails. While they were there they were constantly threatened about a recent article that they had written in the local newspaper. When they were arrested, Larkin and Lacey both stated that their rights were being violated and that they were only being arrested because of the story that they had written.
Ultimately, the story of Larkin and Lacey become national and the two were released in less than 24 hours and all charges were dropped. During the process, it was also determined that the sheriff and his team had tried to gain far more information about Larkin and Lacey than was allowed under law. The sheriff and his team were then highly criticized in the area and rest of the country.
Due to the appalling nature of the arrest, Larkin and Lacey pursued civil litigation against the sheriff and Maricopa County. To ensure that it did not continue to grow in national attention and to put the situations behind them, the county ended up settling with Larkin and Lacey for around $3.7 million, a sum that would allow the two to complete a variety of goals.
Once Larkin and Lacey received the funds from the settlement the two ended up deciding to start up a new fund, which is called the Frontera Fund. The fund was going to have a unique approach to investing and would also look for ways to benefit the Hispanic community.
Larkin and Lacey and their fund have donated a lot of money to different charities and causes that are looking to give a leg up to Hispanic people in Arizona. They have been particularly involved in recent political campaigns that have seen some candidates use ISIS fear mongering to drive further separation between races in Arizona. Larkin and Lacey have also donated directly to a variety of charities that help to encourage and improve education and quality of life in the Hispanic community.