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Protest Against Sheriff Joe Turns Violent

Protest Against Sheriff Joe Turns Violent

The AP via YellowBrix

January 18, 2010

PHOENIX, AZ – Thousands of immigrant rights advocates marched in front of a county jail in Phoenix Saturday in a protest that was aimed at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration efforts and was marked by a clash between a small group of protesters and police officers.

Organizers say the protest was meant to show officials in Washington that Arpaio shouldn’t handle immigration enforcement, and that Congress and the Obama administration need to come up with a way for immigrant workers to come to the country legally.

The three-mile walk that started in a west Phoenix park ended by afternoon at the Durango Jail Complex, a collection of five jails, where officials played music, including a record by singer Linda Ronstadt, to drown out noise made by protesters. Ronstadt took part in Saturday’s protest.

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Protesters chanted “Joe must go” as they approached the jail complex. One person carried a sign that said “We are human” and bore a picture of a lawman with a wolf’s face. A family of five wore T-shirts saying “Who would Jesus deport?”

For his part, Arpaio said he wasn’t bothered by the protesters and that they should be directing their frustrations at Congress because it has the power to change America’s immigration laws.

“They are zeroing in on the wrong guy,” Arpaio said. “They ought to be zeroing in on the president.”

The demonstration was peaceful until police say protesters near the end of the procession started throwing water bottles at officers. Phoenix Police Lt. Pat Hofmann said officers used pepper spray as they tried to separate protesters from an officer who was trying to take away the bottles.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said on-scene supervisors described a group of demonstrators purposefully disrupting the demonstration by assaulting several police officers and a police horse.

He said one demonstrator struck a police sergeant on the head and chest with a flagpole. Two others threw water bottles, possibly containing rocks, at other officers, but missed.

Hill also said a police officer on horseback was assaulted while her horse was mobbed, punched and pushed. The officer used pepper spray to stop the assault.

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    chingon1234

    about 1 month ago

    6 Comments

    Pinche viejo culo

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    Sgt_Hondo402

    5 months ago

    100 Comments

    Sheriff Joe is doing an awesome job as the Police Chief of Maricopa AZ. These protestors need be held accountable for their actions. As for the President of the USA, don't get me started.

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    SE851

    8 months ago

    23356 Comments

    Well it's Da-n certain somebody has to take the immigration problem by the horns.It's obviious that Obama and his gang of woosies in D.C. have no intention of doing so.I hope Governor Brewer sends in the natioinal guard next time things get violent and leos make use of the tazers and pepper spray.Let's take off the kid gloves and start meaning business.

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    Mongo1

    8 months ago

    346 Comments

    The Demonstrators have no credibility. Sheriff Joe and his Deputies win the field. The President is clearly responsible for this as he continues to destroy the United States and relationships with our allies around the world.

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    niterider460

    11 months ago

    250 Comments

    i like him portland needs one like him

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    excop23260

    almost 2 years ago

    796 Comments

    Its not so good whatever way we take it. For MY money, Sheriff Joe is almost always right, and should be supported by our government. "Demonstrators'? You sure these were not criminals? Plus, a mounted Officer's HORSE was assulted as well? Other Officers were assaulted? maybe Sheriff Joe's response was a bit more 'controlled" than mine would have been. When I was a supe, my Officers came before violent criminals.

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    swatj10

    over 2 years ago

    760 Comments

    The way I see this is immigrants need to stay away. Congress needs to but out and allow our CBP/ ICE agents do what they are supposed to do.

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    rrosaslawenforcement

    over 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    WHY IS IT THAT WHEN YOU HEAR OR SEE THE WORD IMMIGRANT THE FIRST THING THAT POPS INTO YOUR MIND IS LATINOS? WHY ARE THEY ONLY FOCUSING ON LATINO IMMIGRANTS WHAT ABOUT CANADIANS, ASIAN, AND ALL THOSE OTHER RACES THAT MIGRATE TO THE UNITED STATES? DO NOT FOR GET THAT EVERYONE THAT STARTED LIVING HERE WERE IMMIGRANTS AS WELL. THERE IS NO SINGLE RACE TO DEFINE THE TERM AMERICAN. ASK YOURSELF IF THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY STRICT ON IMMIGRATION IN THE PAST FOR EVERY OTHER PLACE NOT IN THE U.S. WOULD YOU BE HERE RIGHT NOW? NO YOU WOULDNT. SOME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COME FOR A BETTER LIFE. I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER IMMIGRANTS THAT JUST COME TO CAUSE CHAOS AND COMMIT CRIMES, BUT WE ESTABLISH SOMETHING TO MINIMIZE AT LEAST THE AMOUNT OF MIGRATION WITH OUT COMPLETELY ELEMENATING IMMIGRATION THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME NOW. YOUR DECENDENTS AS WELL AS MINE STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM. IF THE LORD HELPED US TO HAVE LIFE AND CONTINUED TO DO SO THROUGHOUT LIFE WHY IS IT SO HARD FOR PEOPLE TO HELP OTHERS? AS A POLICE OFFICER WE SERVE THE PEOPLE. AND YOUR FORGETTING THAT THEIR TAXES PAY THE POLICE TOO. WE HELP ANYONE WHO CALLS FOR HELP NOT JUST CITIZENS. "ON THIS LAND, EVERYONE IS EQUAL AND HAS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY" NO WHERE DOES IT SAY IT ONLY APPLIES TO CITIZENS. IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO USES STEROTYPES AND WONT HELP SOMEONE LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOU, YOU SHOULDNT BE IN THIS PROFESSION BECAUSE YOUR PERSONAL VIEWS AFFECT THE WAY YOU ARE AS A POLICE OFFICER. I DONT MIND THAT MY TAXES HELP ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE AND DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR FOOD, MEDICARE EXC. WHAT I DO MIND IS THAT MY TAXES ARE HOUSING AND FEEDING CRIMINALS FOR FREE THAT HAVE KILLED OUR FELLOW OFFICERS, LOVERS, FRIENDS, FAMILY, HEROS, NEIGHBORS, CHILDREN AND CONTINUE TO BREAK THE LAW. THE FLOW OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INTO THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE MINIMIZED NOT ELEMINATED.

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    kemartin1

    over 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    I think this Sheriff is great, I personally would love to work for him, folks like it or not he has guts and as they say in Full metal jacket " guts is enough" Lets face it we simply cannot afford illegal immigration to continue. If you have any care for your Legal Born American Kids you would understand this. It may sound corny but illegal immigration and the de-valuing of citizenship is truely what destroyed the Roman Empire. Whats the old saying those who forget history tend to repeat it. God help us

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    delvic_25

    over 4 years ago

    372 Comments

    huh

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    LordEnki

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    Well I agree with it should be aimed at Washington but I feel there is more to blame than Washington the American business men hire these people and when they get caught they are fined and the sent their merry way, the illegals get to go to Jail and then are deported to their country so they can do it all over again it's almost as if someone is letting this happen just to get more taxes out of us.. If the law would start putting the owners or top executives of these companies in jail the practice of hiring these people would stop, and these illegals would stop coming here. And as a human being this sheriff I like the clothes he makes them ware but the tents are skirting cruel and unusual punishment he's in a desert for god sake if one of his inmates dies from heat exposure the tax payers of the city or county will pay for the lawsuit.
    Just a note the city of Jacksonville Fl is erecting a new courthouse and when immigrations went their they busted a whole lot of illegals and the the only thing that happened to the construction companies were they were fined and are still working on the job site again here's an example these companies should have been escorted of the job site and not be allowed back and should be revoked from working or bidding on government jobs.

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    goose50

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    President Arpaio......that has a nice ring to it!

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    "TopRad" Said it all.... I agree 100%..!!!!

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    TopRad

    over 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    The only reason we have so many illegals trying to get into this country is because our (insert expletive) government freely allows them to, and they know that the vast majority will face no, absolutely no, action to kick them out. Its called the path of least resistance. If, by some miracle, illegals would pay taxes, pay for their medical care, pay for their kids to attend school, learn our language, and work and pay for all the things that almost every legal American ( we do have our percentage of home-grown a$$holes) works and pays for, then maybe they will have earned the right to stay in this country. But unfortunately, the vast majority do not. And those folks who want congress to come up with a way for these people to become citizens, first you need to come up with a way for these people to work and pay for that citizenship. You can't waltz (crawl, swim, climb, etc) into this country, work a job or two that pays under the table without taking out taxes, expect the public to pay for your medical care, your kids school, even the roof over your head, and expect to become a legal citizen. Congress won't legalize every illegal alien because they know that if they did, those folks would be expected to pay for things themselves, or at least contribute, and they won't do it. Getting back to Joe, he's doing what 99% of every other sheriff and police chief won't do, and that's to try to keep America for Americans. At least he has the guts to try. Those idiots who were protesting...well, they obviously don't realize that the taxes they pay, if there were any actual tax-paying citizens in the fray, is going towards paying for the medical care, schooling, housing, and sustenance (food stamps, welfare, etc) of all those illegal aliens. Keep up the good work Joe! And don't worry about Hussein O...in three years, he'll be out of a job anyway. Joe will still be around!

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    lawmanaz

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I have to agree with michaeld123. You have to live in Maricopa County to understand why Joe must go. As a wife of a retired Phoenix Sgt (one who was involved with Joe personally), he over steps his bounds when he goes into a city without communicating with the local Chiefs. If you look at the numbers, they don't add up. The reason Joe is out there is all about him seeking publicity. I wish that he could stem the flow from Mexico, as these illegal’s cost us a lot of money. But, until the Fed’s come up with a plan, they are here to stay.

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