When Larkin and Lacey were illegally arrested, they saw there were some things that were happening that would make it easier for them to talk about corruption. They wanted to show people things were happening in the world around them and that’s what made them the best they could be at the job they were doing.
For Lacey and Larkin, the fame they received from the arrest that had happened was just the thing they needed to show people how things were affecting them and how it was going to get better if they had the help they needed.
Both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin knew they could try to help other people out with the issues they were dealing with. They had received the arrest and the charges because of a story they published about corruption. Instead of just dealing with the story, the sheriff’s office proved they were corrupt and arrested the men.
They did it in a way that was sneaky and they actually broke into their homes in the process. While they did this, they had no reason to arrest them. In fact, they had always been within their constitutional rights, but that didn’t matter to the sheriff’s office.
After they were arrested, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin realized they had not done anything wrong. They collaborated together and used the information they had learned as activists to try and fight the charges.
They wanted to get away from the situation because they knew they hadn’t done anything wrong. They also knew the sheriff’s office was more corrupt than they had thought and they wanted him to have to pay for the damages he caused them and other people.
The idea behind what they were doing was to make sure they could get out of the charges. They didn’t care they were arrested, but they wanted to prove a point to other people that they could fight and win even against corrupt law enforcement officials. The men made the choice to fight and that’s what led to them making the best decision of their lives.
After they had gotten out of the charges, they decided to sue the sheriff’s office. When they did this, they were giving others a chance to see they could actually make a difference too. It helped them and gave them the money they needed to start the Frontera Fund for others.
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