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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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  • 100_0109_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm with you hoss, they all need to take a stand, more work for us, but worth it

  • Blacks2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A sheriff upholding the law?! AND you're mad about it?!?!?! Sweat Lord People catch a clue.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    WOW!!! 1 Sheriff in the whole United States gets it. Makes it fairly easy for the Feds to go after him. What if all the Sheriff's in the United States stood up and actually enforced ALL the laws on the books, not just the ones that are politically correct? Nah... that's crazy talk...GO JOE!!!!!!

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What a bunch of idiots. I'm glad Sheriff Joe is standing up against these bleeding heart dumbasses and doing his job despite their misguided attempts to place the blame on him for doing the very thing he was elected to do.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I am so sick of these illegal coming to this country living off the walfare system and having more kids and these worthless children grow up and end up in prison or join a gang. Some one needs to build a wall and then add an electric fence on top of that, to keep there ass out of here. You come to America do it legally and and speak english why do i have to cater to someone that don't speak English! if you go to0 there country, do you think they would help you with there spanish hell no! they would let you fend for yourself.

  • Mourning_badge_max160_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe is the man. I don't care about these illegals, it is one thing to come into this country legally, get a job, serve the country, etc. however if you are a POS that decides to jump river illegally, not get a job, suck the welfare system dry and think you deserve social security benefits....gets your worthless free loading but packing. What Sheriff Joe is doing is awesome, more border town, county law enforcement heads need to take this stand. Show the illegals we will not stand for this crap anymore. As for you civil liberties tree loving bunny huggers need to get a clue

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I find it amusing that this occurred in front of the jail. Open the door and throw every one of those protesters inside where they belong. I wonder how well those illegals would treat them behind bars?

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope they got their behinds kicked real good.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    How many people were arrestted? Hopefully everyone that touched or threw something at the officers.

  • Ferret_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I support the LEOs' efforts and use of force actions as they attempted to restore the public peace within a supposidly "lawful assembly". Regardless of the protesters' opinions, we must maintain order!!! That means using force just above the force the protesters use. It's unfortunate that a child was accidently struck by pepper spray ... but what parent in their right mind would keep a child at a protest when they can see the actions of protesters and law enforcement unfold before them?!?

  • Police_car_max50


    over 4 years ago


    No matter what side you take in this situation, a two year old should not have been brought to the event. What ever happened to COMMON SENSE ?

  • Tazer_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Why isn't Pelosi speaking out against the violence perpetrated by these protestors as she did with the Tea Party demonstrators?

  • Tazer_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe for President!

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The Sheriff is on the right tract, he is enforceing the laws of this country. If you are in this country illegally, you have no rights other than to be treated humainly prior to be shipped back to your country. Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe.

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    over 4 years ago



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