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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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    CAREBEAR911

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    I'm chanting .."JOE MUST KNOW" Cause he knows what's up. What I don't understand is what are immigration rights activists? Don't we all have the same civil rights as a U.S citizen? Meaning what rights should an illegal immigrant have other than the right to be shipped back to where they came from?

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    Sherrif Joe.. "Keep-up the good work..!!"

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    It never surprizes me on just how hypocritical these protesters are. In the name of "Civil Rights" or for the "Equal Rights" of the lawbreakers that enter this country illegally, these "simple minded, flip flop wearing, global warming believing in A$$, liberal far left idiots..!!!.., are always thinking of themselves only. Never mind that poor Police Officer who probably has a family to take care of, and are hard working decent tax paying law abiding citizens of this great nation.. Never mind those buisness owners who go to work every day to earn a living the right, legal and proper way. Never mind the very laws that they are protected by the very Police Officers that are sworn to protect. "Yes" the very same Police Officers that their sorry A$$es would exspect to show up when they dial 9-11... Oh! It's ok to throw rocks, bottles and sticks at these fine and courageous men and women who serve.......... Or destroy property and disrupt buisnesses.. Yeh'...thats' something that the "Save the world" A$$ Wipes...@@#$%^^!!!!!!^&&*^$#%&&!!!!!....never think about..!!!

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    BklynsFinest347

    over 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    All of the protesters should be deported to their origin of descent for attacking cops. YOU GO SHERIFF JOE!!

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    At least we know that Sheriff Joe is doing his job , thats more then we can say for the "ENTIRETY OF WASHINGTON , D.C."...

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    navy_cop

    over 4 years ago

    104 Comments

    "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."

    yea because the killings of two phoenix Police Officer's back in 07 by illegals were not enough....not counting the amount of illegals who have shot at LEO's here in AZ

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    navy_cop

    over 4 years ago

    104 Comments

    “Most regrettably, a nearby 2-year-old child was hit by some of the pepper spray,” said Hill"

    and what dumb @ss brought their 2 yo to a protest

    I think I'm going to go to Mexico and demand rights....oh never mined I don't feel like being killed....why is it everyone runs over here and starts demanding rights vs. turning around and trying to fix their own country first??? anyone?

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    navy_cop

    over 4 years ago

    104 Comments

    "A family of five wore T-shirts saying “Who would Jesus deport?”

    well Jesus isn't the Sheriff of Maricopa County now is he....lol...

    why is it illegal....oh wait let me say that again ILLEGAL immigrants think they have the right to anything?

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    TellerDep

    over 4 years ago

    2812 Comments

    You get'em Joe,If your not here legally you dont belong here!!

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    Stalker975

    over 4 years ago

    594 Comments

    Someone has to enforce laws on immigrants. They are running wild, and he is the big law out there, let him do his job. Thats what is wrong with America now, people can protest over anything.

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    Stalker975

    over 4 years ago

    594 Comments

    Notice all the story said, Why not open up the jail and let them protest there for a while behind walls. People make me sick,Lets protest, Lets protest, all that does is just make them the bad guys. Go home and lay down. He is not going anywhere. The protests are not doing anything. One day, one day trhe Govorment will get it right and say, arrest every protester out there, why, because he can!

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    Riot

    over 4 years ago

    516 Comments

    You can't make an omlet without breaking a few eggs...

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    CadetAK

    over 4 years ago

    3416 Comments

    “Who would Jesus deport?”
    Yeah, would Jesus throw cans and bottles at police officers?

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    ps4436

    over 4 years ago

    352 Comments

    I wish there were more Sheriff Joes.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    GO JOE!

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