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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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  • Lily_original_color_pic_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Keep up the great work, Sheriff Arpaio....You have our support from Cincinnati, Ohio!

  • Cot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe needs to make a run at the White House

  • 101_2771_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Keep up the good work, Sheriff Arpaio!

  • 1979_max50


    over 4 years ago


    You have my TOTAL SUPPORT Sheriff! This only shows that what you are doing is effective. The bleeding hearts want you to stop so that they can garner more votes for their socialist causes. The average citizen supports your efforts completely, including legal immigrants!Stay strong brother!

  • Picture_001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    LETS GO SHERIFF JOE!!!!! n as far as the ones throughing items at officers lock them up to!!!!!

  • Borat_lebanon0109_max50


    over 4 years ago


    So let's see if I have this right...They come and protest in support of illegal immigration and then break the law themselves by starting shenanigans with the police? Good job Sheriff Joe for doing what he was elected to do and enforcing the laws. It's time that our other elected officials did the same.

  • 0808_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well with this kind of response from the people the Sheriff is cracking down on, he must be doing it right! I wish all the County Sheriffs around me were like Sheriff Arpaio. Burglars get what they deserve and thats what these people are.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe!

  • L_59fe72e99fa891e59f62e6ceb62eca88_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good thing there is such thing as sovereignty..Now some of them can enjoy time with their Amigos! No need in putting a uniform on them.

  • Ocp-me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Go Sheriff JOE!!!!! Sounds like a campaign motto to me!!!!

  • Photo-ffadult-r40-s3-176814363_64099_54534777_superphoto_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hell why is that the people breaking the laws or the ones that are here illegally have more rights than an american citizen? Why is it that they feel the police who only enforce the laws are the evil and not the ones that are voted into office and pass the laws? I think they should have put alot of the protestors in jail with the illegals that are there for crimes not jsut being illegal and see how well the prisoners treat them.

  • 1asteriskshield_ezr_max50


    over 4 years ago


    WHat part of the word ILLEGAL immigrant do these people not understand? Guess the law only works when it fits their agenda. Sheriff Joe for President!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Well done for all that you are doing in AZ. I wish their were more leaders like you across this great country.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Thank you Joe for being one of the few who will do what is right for the people.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Sheriff Joe, I hope you will hang in there. In the mean time, we have gotten rid of one worthless administration that chose not to do anything about illegal immigration, other than to attempt amnesty, in a failed rehash of Reagan, we can do the same with this one.

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