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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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    Pappy07

    about 4 years ago

    252 Comments

    Let's see-looks like about 100%(of PL comments) IN FAVOR of Sheriff Joe and his methodology, ain't it amazing how such tiny groups, like these "protestors", can make such big noise in the US these days. F the PC crowd!!

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    speedcop

    about 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    This is just sad, these people would rather protest the government then to contribute to it. Lets break this down, you are "breaking into" our Country and you want more rights than the citizens that are here legally. I am tired of my tax dollars going to fund these people in area's of health care, insurance for uninsured motorists, deportation and housing. Lets take this money and put it towards the people that need it; like our increasing number of homeless and hungry American's, those that are unemployed, schools and our own health care system. Cause remember, there is a legal way to become a citizen and I know a lot of people from different countries that have done it. Keep it up Sheriff Joe...Great Job!

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    Hutch051

    about 4 years ago

    118 Comments

    Leave the good Sheriff alone. He is doing a GREAT job!

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    SalinasNative

    about 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    "Immigrants Rights"?????? Legal immigrants have rights, illegal immigrants don't. It would sound equally ridiculous to say Burglars Rights!!!! Sheriff Joe is doing the greatest job he can and with dignity, too. Whether or not he's perceived as a press ***re, I think he's trying to use the media against themselves and the way they try to make him seem like a fool. Just my .02

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    Patty_Watty21

    about 4 years ago

    146 Comments

    YEYYYY!! for Sheriff Joe !!!

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    Kath

    about 4 years ago

    1812 Comments

    Keep going Joe! We're behind you!

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    GMcAvin

    about 4 years ago

    152 Comments

    One of the best in American Law Enforcement and, he has the cojones to enforce the laws on illegals. Hooah! You go Sheriff Joe! Man I really dislike those whining sniveling grovelers who continue to oppose his law enforcement policies.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Joe, keep up the good work!!! You have more than enough supporters!!!

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    ipmcblade

    about 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Joe for El Presidente

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    keko3006

    about 4 years ago

    124 Comments

    IM WITH JAKESTER, IF THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALY, YA GOTTA GO...SORRY BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS...JOE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BROTHER....AND LINDA RONDSTAT IS STILL A HOTTIE.......KEITH

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    dvandevooren

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Joe is an excellent example of an LEO, more like him please

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    rcs2052

    about 4 years ago

    182 Comments

    Joe for prez!!

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    Allen705

    about 4 years ago

    1466 Comments

    I support his ideas and policies, but he is too much of a media whore.

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    jakester

    about 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    "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."

    Isn't the way for immigrant workers to come to the country legally called being granted a work visa?

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    My modest message to Sheriff Joe will be:
    Go Sheriff Joe... Go...!!!
    The overwhelming majority of the LE Community backs you up.
    It would have been awesome to be part of the Forces under your Command.
    Keep the pink underwear on the thugs...

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