Back in 2004, a reporter by the name of John Dougherty published stuff about Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s life. He published information about Arpaio’s land ownership, as well as where he lived. This really angered Joe Arpaio, who used state laws to try to bring the hammer down on Dougherty and the two men, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who ran the publication.
There is actually a law in Arizona that makes it illegal to publish the address of where a law enforcement official lives if it is interpreted as a malicious act. What makes the act “malicious” is the idea that the act was done to decrease the level of safety and security in the law enforcement official’s life.
There is also a law in the state of Arizona where law enforcement officials can opt to have land ownership of commercial lands removed from public records, for safety reasons.
Larkin and Lacey do not agree with these laws and feel that they go against people’s First Amendment rights. However, when you think about it, there are some pretty good reasons for these laws.
For example, even though law enforcement officials are in a position of power where they can impose brute force, they are still human beings. In their position, law enforcement officials are putting themselves in vulnerable spots where they are exposing themselves to to every type of person.
Even if their places of residences are on public records, publishing their addresses in publications may inspire strangers to stalk them or come to their addresses.
Was it really necessary for Dougherty to publish someone else’s address in a newspaper? This is the reason why the act of doing that was interpreted as being a malicious threat to Arpaio’s safety, as well as the safety of everyone in his family.
Larkin and Lacey’s publications have a vehemently anti-Arpario theme to them. This is because of the fact that both men have very leftist views. They are concerned with the issues of racism, nativism, hate toward LGBTQ people and the repression of the First Amendment.
Sheriff Arpaio, in an attempt to be “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” pulled over any Latino that he could find on a search for “illegal aliens.”
The unfortunate thing is that there happens to be a relatively high amount illegal aliens within the Hispanic population, so whether or not Arpaio was actually being racist, in some ways he could be called “racist.”