More than one decade ago, two journalists based in the United States found themselves in a lot of trouble. The journalists, Mike and Jim were handcuffed one evening by influential police from the special unit.

The officers taking charge of the operation were acting on the orders of an influential sheriff from Maricopa County. Joe Arpaio and his team of corrupt leaders had decided to arrest and detain the professionals due to some information published in one of their magazines.

When Mike and Jim found themselves in trouble, they had to comply and go to jail where they were detained for some hours.The journalists were shoved into black tinted cars that had Mexican number plates. Their families and friends were left worried because they did not know what was going to happen to their loved ones.

The two executives had to endure a lot of challenges and hardships when faced with this huge challenge. Fortunately, the public decided to protest and demand for the release of the two professionals. The government had no choice but to order for the immediate release of the influential businessmen.

Joe Arpaio always considered himself one of the most influential people in the country.In several occasions, the sheriff had been quoted saying that he was untouchable, and no one could question his behavior.

The inmates in his department had faced numerous challenges. Some had died and others were living in terrible conditions. Joe had been asked about these activities severally, but he chose to ignore the issues, saying that everything was operating under his control. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Twitter

The newspaper headed by Jim and Mike published some news exposing the sheriff and the injustices that were taking place in his department. This angered the influential businessman, and this is why he chose to act. Unfortunately, his actions were not impressive to the community.

This complicated chapter in the lives of Lacey and Larkin ended more than five years ago when the county of Maricopa decided to give the two journalists over three and a half million as settlement for the difficulties that had to endure ten years ago.

The court case ruled that the county of Maricopa actions were not justified. After getting the compensation, Jim and his friend decided to use the money to start a human rights organization that would focus on similar organizations in the future.

The two professionals have chosen to give support to the community so that no one has to go through such hardships in the future. The nonprofit making organization is known as the Frontera Fund, and it has done well in the market.

On November last year, the voters in the country chose to decline him support for the sheriff position for the seventh time. The court has several cases against the influential personality, and they are looking for ways to prosecute him.

The president has, however, decided to pardon Joe and his officials. Voters and other American citizens are not happy about the decision from the president, and this has led to a lot of criticism.

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