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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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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 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...

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    Joe for President!
    1) If you are here illegally, you are breaking the law, period.
    2) The violence within the "demonstrators" shows the underlying attitude
    3) Prison isn't supposed to be a nice place
    4) People who aren't from the SW have no idea how bad the problem with illegals is
    5) Arizona is going bankrupt because of the overwhelming number of illegals
    6) Not all illegals are here to work and there is a system for workers to come here legally
    7) If we had more jails like Joe's criminals would not be so willing to do the time

  • Edit_2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Joe for president

  • Zoo_award_thanksgiving_279_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I keep coming back to one question. What is the recidivism rate among those released from his facility? In other words, do more inmates re-offend from other facilities in a higher capacity, or lower? Also, look at prisons around the world with harsh environments. I think people are less likely to re-offend if they know they are going to a much tougher jail. How many times have we heard, "A year, huh... I can do a year on my head." It should't be that easy. Keep doing what your doing Sheriff Joe.

  • Lieutenant_smith_max50


    over 4 years ago


    you go joe

  • 100_0440_1__max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Go Joe... who would Jesus deport huh ... well apparently you .. becuase he didnt stop it ..follow the law!~

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Keeping going Joe is more like it!!! I think Joe is doing a great thing. He is just trying to keep is community safe and clean.

  • Police-car-carbon-motors_max50


    over 4 years ago


    go joe!

  • Female_bodysurfer_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Since WHEN have Stooge-style convict suits aroused anything but guffaws?? These organizers are MORONS!

  • Picture_204_max50


    over 4 years ago


    there goes joe blaming "his tactics" on the president. what ???

    article mentions joe sometimes goes into heavily latino communities- thats the only place he goes. where else is he going to get his stats ?

    legal immigration , sure. take down the criminals,sure. profiling to get someone deported , no.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    They want Congress and Obama to come up with a way for immigrant worker to come to this country legally, I thought there was a system in place already. Study, take the test, and take the oath. Am I missing something here. Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe is just doing what he is paid to do. I think if you asked, Arpaio isn't against all immigrants. He is against illegal immigrants, and so am I.

  • Dsc_0524_max50


    over 4 years ago


    You have my support also. I agree that the laws need to be changed if they do not want the Good Sheriff to enforce them. He is just doing his job.

  • Thumbnailcadtx9dg_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Mob the horse officer. Not nice. I still think all mounted officers should have sabers

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I wish the all the systems were like Sheriff Arpaio. Keep up the good work..

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