Arpaio’s most feared force which was known as Selective Enforcement Unit arrested Lacey and Larkin and put them into different jails on October 18, 2007. They were removed by force from their Phoenix-area homes and were put into a dark tinted car which had Mexican number plates.
The self-proclaimed toughest Law enforcement officer in America, Arpaio initiated the arrest and for a long time, he had been annoyed by stories covered by Phoenix New Times which exposed his scandals. The newspaper revealed that Arpaio played a vital role in the promotion of Mexican political fear in Arizona. When other publications were constantly covering and praising Arpaio Phoenix New Times was busy unmasking the mishandling and financial abnormalities exhibited in the sheriff’s office, poor jail health conditions, abuse and death of inmates, unlawful Latinos detention, racial profiling among others.
Lacey and Larkin were allegedly arrested for covering a story in their Phoenix New Times that exposed constitutional assaults, Arpaio’s friends at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office who had ordered the grand jury to seek details about details about newspaper’s writers, editors, and readers, including readers’ personal browsing histories. Even jail mates knew that that the two were arrested for writing but thanks to public outcry which saw them released within 24 hours.
Lacey and Larkin were subjected to a long legal battle which they finally won when the court declared that they were arrested without probable cause.
The court later agreed to give Lacey and Larkin a settlement fee amounting to $ 3.7 million by Maricopa County in 2013 which saw them open Frontera Fund that intends to benefit the community of Hispanics by defending them from racial hatred and civil abuses in Arizona.
Since he grew up in Arizona, Larkin believes that he was taught from his earliest age that one has to give back to the less fortunate and he doesn’t think that there is a more deserving group than the brave Mexican immigrants who risked to travel to Arizona for economic and working purposes.
Even if politicians from both sides decided to campaign for the elections which were to be held in 2014 emulating anti-Hispanic political posturing owned by Arpaio, Lacey and Larkin embarked on their charity role to distribute their Frontera fund dollars to nonprofit groups which helped to advocate their Hispanic civil rights and causes.
Mexican immigrants together with colored American citizens were detained harassed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio as observed by Lacey who raised fear in 2014 election.