The Frontera Fund: The Good Coming Out of a Bad Incident

A few years ago, a story was reported concerning the incident in which launched the Frontera Fund. This organization started as a result of an unfortunate incident that occurred on an October 18, 2007 evening. In the middle of that night, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County sent armed deputies to arrest Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey at their homes. These two individuals are executives for the Village Voice Media, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio had them arrested due to his fear of the selective enforcement unit.

 

The Sheriff has been very angry about their stories exposing the Sheriff’s misdeeds. In the Phoenix New Times, there were reports about the Sheriff’s patriarchal part in fostering political posturing and fear mongering within Arizona. The Phoenix New Times also gave reports concerning frequent mismanagement and financial irregularities within the sheriff’s office. Other reports were also made about him abusing his power towards his critics, on the deaths and mistreatment of jail inmates, concerning the substandard health situations within his jails, the unconstitutional detention of Latinos, racial profiling of Latinos, racial profiling of them, and his systematic persecution.

 

While Larkin and Lacey was locked up that night, the Sheriff, who called himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, ordered Larkin and Lacey to give up information concerning everyone involved in those hurtful stories of him. He also wanted the names, addresses, and IP addresses of the readers of those stories concerning the Sheriff. Larkin and Lacey didn’t budge in giving in to his demands; however, they were released within 24 hours later due to a national outcry. The charges were dropped; nevertheless, Larkin and Lacey pursued legal recourse for this illegal seizing. And as a result, they attended and won a legal settlement through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2013 for an amount of $3.7 million.

 

Recent Updates of The Frontera Fund

 

Lacey and Larkin use their settlement money for the Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund is used largely for the benefit of the Hispanic community within Arizona. This fund is used for the civil rights of this community against society ills, such as the civil rights and racial animus and abuses. And as a result, so far, the Frontera Fund has secretly distributed funds in 2014 during the midterm elections when Arpaio was doing his posturing of anti-Hispanic politics. During that time, the secret funding was use to benefit nonprofits who advocate for Hispanics causes and civil rights.