The Incident That Gave Rise To The Lacey And Larkin Frontera Fund

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are two people who are trying to make a difference in the society in America. The duo founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which is an organization that attempts to help those who have had any wrongful convictions thrust upon them.

A large number of people in the country are regularly subjected to physical and mental torture as a result of racial discrimination. Minority groups in particular fall victim to this injustice. Lacey and Larkin, both hail from the Hispanic community and have been victims of this kind of discrimination, which is why they decided to start up the Fonterra Fund. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

The incident that gave rise to the formation of the Fonterra fund was the arrest of Lacey and Larkin which warranted the widespread agitation in the minds of the Hispanic people. Both of them were residents of the United States, living in the state of Arizona. At the time, the sheriff in charge was Joe Arpaio, who was also known to be one of the toughest sheriffs in the United States.

He was the sheriff who had put away one of the largest numbers of people in the country, which is what garnered him the reputation that he had. However, people started noticing a pattern in the arrests that he was conducting. A vast majority of the people that Joe Arpaio was arresting were coming from parts of Latin America.

What was even more shocking was that in most of the arrests that he conducted, the people claimed to have done nothing wrong and were there not because of their wrongdoingd. Outraged by this, Lacey and Larkin both took to the agency that they were working for at the time to write about this and made people aware of the injustice that was being done.

Soon after their article was published, Lacey and Larkin were both picked up from their homes and were forced into two separate vans without being told what they were taken for. They were being given threats at the time, which would be forced upon them if they did not cooperate. They were then taken to two separate holding places which were both under the command of Joe Arpaio. It was only after forty-eight hours of their arrest that they were told that they were in for the article that they had published.

Lacey and Larkin decided to file a suit against Joe Arpaio for the injustice that he inflicted upon them. The incident made it clear that Joe did, in fact, want to discriminate against people belonging to the Hispanic community, which is why he did what he did. Lacey and Larkin did eventually win the case and were awarded a settlement as compensation for what was done to them.

However, Lacey and Larkin realized that even though they might have received justice, not everyone is like them, and more often than not, people are sent to prison for this kind of discrimination, for no fault of their own and therefore set up the Fonterra Fund to help those in need.