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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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    molineaux4068

    over 4 years ago

    156 Comments

    Sheriff Joe for Department of Homeland Security in 2012

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    Fastfreddy

    over 4 years ago

    602 Comments

    Well they want to let felons vote so next they'll be allowing illegals to vote, the illegals already get healthcare and an interpreter at the FIA office. I'm pretty sure this IS NOT what all the american soldiers that have fought and died for this country had in mind.

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    sheriff950

    over 4 years ago

    5364 Comments

    Our prayers are with you Sheriff Joe... You are doing what your constituents and most other Americans want, keep up the good work...

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    ArmySoldier1

    over 4 years ago

    42 Comments

    If you ask me, the select few who decided to cause trouble and assault the police should all be deported.

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    Keithgrogg

    over 4 years ago

    630 Comments

    Sheriff Joe for President in 2012!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    'Ol Sheriff Joe must really be stirring up the pot to get all of these people all fired up like that!

    You go Joe, keep up the great job down there.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    GOOD JOB JOE....IM SURE THE THEY WILL NOW GO AFTER THE COPS BECAUSE THE 2 YEAR OLD GOT SPRAYED........

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    These guys need to wake up.. Sheriff Joe is doing what he is supposed to be doing..

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    pammiec

    over 4 years ago

    708 Comments

    Good Job Joe...keep up the good work.

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    Platter25

    over 4 years ago

    250 Comments

    "Who would Jesus deport?" You have to be kidding...

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    Butch2760

    over 4 years ago

    746 Comments

    They are going after Sheriff Joe because he is effective and is doing his job! That is why he has been re-elected over and over again. His constituents, not the illegals in his county, love him. Keep the pressure on Joe! Way to Go...............

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    These protesters would not get the time of day if the liberal media did not give it to them.

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    Baxter2

    over 4 years ago

    1846 Comments

    Put the protesters who broke the law into Sheriff' Joe's jail. Give them a taste of tent city.

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    Grafton817

    over 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    Keep it up Sheriff! He is being scrutinized so much, if he were violating laws or civil rights, it would have been brought up by now!

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    Sheriff_1

    over 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    Typical BS from protest side of the drama. Joe's got it right. If they want to whine and cry contact DC they are the ones that can change the law. Until it is changed then do what has to be done. He definitely makes people uneasy by enforcing the law. Do the crime, do the time. In pink at that

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