Working as a police officer in the busiest city in the country certainly has its own set of inherent problems. It seems like every day that I suit up for work, I am already being asked to try and catch up on issues that are overwhelming my team. We could be working a case with strong leads and get a call about a cold case that needs our attention, so at any moment we can be dealing with a dozen different cases that all need my undivided focus.
When my team is told that some type of technology has been developed that can not only lighten our work load, but help us to solve crimes more easily. All of us looked forward to using the equipment. This was not the case however with Securus Technologies, it seems the system is able to run all by itself and do the work of a team of officers. The new technology we were introduced to was actually installed in the prison. This inmate telephone call monitoring system would change the way me and my officers dealt with certain crimes.
Securus Technologies has their company based in Dallas, and they employ over one thousand of the most dedicated employees in the country. These employees are all committed to a single objective, making this world that much safer. This was something as an officer I can really appreciate, considering how dangerous it can be dealing with those felons on the streets.
The way the inmate call monitor works is simple, it scans every call the inmates make on prison phones, and isolates chatter on any subject imputed to the system. If we are hunting a fugitive and his names is detected, the LBS software alerts my team instantly about what we can do to apprehend him.
On October 18, 2007, evening, the armed deputies from the Maricopa County went ahead and handcuffed and arrested Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin in fear of the selective enforcement unit. The two were removed from their home and put inside SUVs that were unmarked, dark tinted windows, and they had license plates from Mexico. Later it was discovered they were in jail that were managed by Arpaio.
Arpaio was the same people that carried out the arrest, and they instigated it too. The one who considered himself ”American toughest sheriff” did not like the story that had been posted in the Phoenix news-times stories that exposed some of the misdeeds that he was participating in. The phoenix news-times reported on how the sheriff’s office was being poorly managed and the financial irregularities that were taking place in Arpaio. It went ahead to explain how the sheriff was abusing the power he has, the health conditions in the jails of Arpaio, the mistreatment the inmates were getting in prison, and how the Latinos were being detained without following the constitution.
When Lacey was asked by jail inmates why they were in prison the only response they had was writing. In less than 24hours Lacey and Larkin were released because of the loud national outcry and all the charges were dropped. The illegal detention of Lacey and Larkin was the start of the prolonged court battle that followed, and they were battling the first amendment right and the abuse of power that was taking place. The court stated that the arrest on Lacey and Larkin was invalid because during the capture the prosecutor didn’t follow the required legal procedure. The decision paved the way for the settlement of Lacey and Larkin to be paid $3.7 million in 2013 by the Maricopa County.
Lacey and Larkin gave the money to the Frontera funds, a group that benefited the Hispanic community. In their early age they were taught that they should give the less fortunate. And they could not think of a better group that deserved the money more than the Frontera funds that cared about the Mexican immigrants.