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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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    RotaryWingUH1H

    about 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Simple response... They say they are HUMAN... Let them be human in their own country and not using up and wasting our humanity and resources.

    Good work Joe.

    Shame you're not closer to Washington to arrest the illegal alien in the white house.

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    meinekebob

    about 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    The Feds are after Sheriff Joe for one reason...he is the only one doing anything that works concerning illegal immigration. In other words, he is an embarrassment to Washington. As far as profiling goes, so what? El Al Airlines, the Israeli airline, the #1 terrorist target, has never had a terrorist incident. The reason? They profile and the terrorists know it. I am a hunter and feel that the reason I have never had a snake bite is simple. I profile. It rattles, I avoid it. It has an hour-glass pattern on it's back, I avoid it. Washington is so eaten up with "political correctness" that sanity has fallen by the wayside. Anyone who has any knowledge of U.S. history are aware of "Operation Wetback". Yep, that's what they called it. Three Presidents, mainly Eisenhower, put Operation Wetback into action & deported illegal aliens by the millions to create jobs for Depression Era Americans and veterans returning from foreign wars. Of course, the Liberals say the program was a failure & innocent people were caught up in the roundups, but the illegals were loaded onto ships and taken back to Mexico. I have no problem with anyone migrating to this country...if they follow our laws...including proper immigration procedures. Even Mexicans who came here, went through the processes, learned our language and built lives for themselves here are for Sheriff Arpaio and against illegal aliens. Due to the Sheriff's location, I think he knows a lot more about how to handle the illegal immigration problem than a bunch of stuffed shirts in Washington, D.C. Give him a chance. Fire our Homeland Security boss (the who said "the system worked" about the Detroit bound airline bomber, then 24 hours later admitted that it didn't work) and replace her with someone who knows something about illegal aliens...Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I don't think he is Presidential material, but he damn sure knows a lot more about immigration issues than Washington and Janet Napolitano.

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    t_hunt24

    about 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    How can you not racially profile when picking up illegals?? Do you look for Americans or foreigners? It doesn't sound very productive targeting white, English speakers during immigration raids even if people think it is politically correct...

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    davidct

    about 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Way to go, Sheriff Joe!
    If I'm ever Sheriff, I want to be just like him!

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    rjbaiad

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I am so sick and tired of the cowards in the federal government which refuse to enforce the immigration laws on the books. I am sick of the political witch hunt the current administration and the Democrat establishment that they have conducted against this great man. This man is a patriot. I am tired of the corruption within the Democrat party which constantly trashes our Constitution and does anything possible, even breaking laws, in order to pander to groups to get votes. That's what this is all about, attempting to create a permanent constituency in order to keep electing them to office. Because the federal government refuses to do their constitutionally mandated duty to protect our borders, we have people like this who are following the law and then prosecuted for enforcing the laws. It's time we completely clean house at the justice department, fire everyone in the JD and turn it upside down and inside out in order to expose the corruption with in it. When GWB fired 92 prosecutors a few years ago he should have fired them all, it would have done the country a favor. If I were president this man would be my head over the Department of Homeland Security. It's time people rise up and support this man.

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    mountedofficer

    about 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    I'm curious how the police horse got mobbed, and its rider assulted. This should not happen.

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    Lonestar

    about 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Keep Up the good work Sheriff Arpaio, thanks for standing with those who want justice, Most Americans have no problems if people want to immigrate to the US legally. However, we cant afford to allow people here who have broken our laws to get here. If there is something wrong with the system then change the system, but don't break our laws and expect amnesty. I'm sure Americans wouldn't be allowed amnesty if we immigrated to any country outside of the US illegally.

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    pdyer

    about 4 years ago

    352 Comments

    It is refreshing to see someone as high as Sheriff Arpaio is in rank still fight the good fight out on the streets and actually enforce the laws rather than bend to political pressure.

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    brandy1971

    about 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    Wow! he deserves it hes a racial profiler it seems and at least now he has a reason to be so racist.....

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    hotshotds

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    GO Sheriff Joe #1 #1 #1!!! Keep Up The good work get all the damn illegals back to there own country. I dont have a problem with mexicans UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY.

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    Cuffmall

    about 4 years ago

    44 Comments

    Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe. And, if you need a change of scenery, Scott Brown might offer you a ride in his truck!

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    AChiefsWife

    about 4 years ago

    326 Comments

    Gombino I agree with you all the way. It is so wrong that there is even an option for that. Keep up the great work Sheriff Joe.

    Why should we have to "press 1 for English"?

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    rainmaker

    about 4 years ago

    280 Comments

    It is so bad that Sheriff Joe is singled out. BUT....ask yourselves ....why? Is because many senior police officials are as liberal as obama. Senior police are looking for a very cushy job....they stay on their kness bowing...amonst other things? To get a very good job after their police careers are over. THIS...is why Sheriff Joe is catching so much flak. He one of the few only high ranking police official who could care less about liberals. Just does his job. If there were more police officials..telling their superiors to "fuc* off...and do their job. Then the momemtum would be building among all LEO's. So before blame is placed. Our LEO's need to take alot of this blame also. You have leo's.....who are so liberal...amongst the rank and file. Law-abiding American citizens are really watchIng....."all LEO's" very carefully. We support our LEO's. But do not think you ca just go with the staus quo. What happened in Massachussets last nite...hopefully, is just the beginning. Corruption and arrogance....will pay at the ballot box.

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    Nathalie

    about 4 years ago

    150 Comments

    I agree: WAY TO GO, JOE!

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    nightowl

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    I agree with marqmd- Sheriff Joe for PRESIDENT- there would be some real changes (for the better) in America. As someone who was born and raised in the Phoenix area we support Joe. Ever wonder why he has been the Sheriff since 1992- cause people love the work he does, not just sitting around trying to make friends- HE WORKS.
    I have an idea, lets stop giving illegals all of our benifits and I gaurantee the United States of America would have no problem balancing it's budget every year and all of the hard working, honest American citizens would be able to keep their jobs and not get laid off.
    Keep up the great work Joe- We support you 100%.

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