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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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  • Car_004_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I am glad Joe is standing up and not giving in to these small radical groups. We all need to stand up and let our voices be heard, Majority Rules!!!!! We need to stop pleasing the few and causing the many to suffer, time to stand up people, one can make a differance. many ones together make a majority!! These small groups know most people don't want to get involved, even though they don't agree with the garbage these groups are protesting about, that is how they get rulings in their favor. I saw it during Desert Storm, a group of protesters showed up at the gate to MacDill AFB with the media in tow. A few minutes later a much larger SUPPORT THE TROOPS group marched in and the protesters were heavially outnumbered and left. Get involved people, we have the power!! GO JOE!!!!

  • Hpd-01_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe...

  • 119_1923_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Bump to 101. Sherif Joe is my hero! Keep up the good fight Joe!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Sure they want him out of the way. He's right. He's an American Patriot and no matter how many leftwing activists and supporter try to change America this man had 100% backing from most of us out here who are trying to live out our dreams the AMERICAN WAY.. we EARNED IT! Thru the sweat and blood of Patriots who made America the greatest country on earth. If we lose to those who think they can tread all over us then they had better take a look at the next election!

  • Sssssss_max50


    over 5 years ago


    The parents of the 2 year old child should be ASHAMED of themselves! Not only for bringing them to a situation that turned violent, but for putting them in that situation AT ALL.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Sherifff Joe is 100% right. He is just enforcing the laws that are on the books. Change has to come from Congress. What a bunch of morons.

  • Img_0490_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I agree with rsironron! Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe. The econemy is bad, and theirs not enough jobs for Americans. I think that all illegal immigrants need to be deported along with anyone that supports them.

  • Bang2_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Your doing a great job Sheriff!
    Illegal Immigrants are just that.."ILLEGAL!" they shouldn't have the same rights as REAL Americans until they can come into this country legaly!
    Keep up the good work Sheriff!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    I'm all for immigration. However, do it the right way. Go Sheriff Joe, keep supporting our constitutional rights from those who would illegally take advantage of them. If only our country would adapt immigration laws similar to those of Mexico we might not have to deal with such issues (See "guy from Boston Harsh Laws" you tube video for example) We need more leaders like Sheriff Joe and yes Sheriff Joe would get my vote for president.

  • Az_phx_motorcade1a_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Apparently it wasn't quite that bad, and it was just a small group of Anarchists who dressed in black and tried to make ot a riot, crazy!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I to say keep up the good Sheriff Joe.

  • 1211120858_max50


    over 5 years ago


    GO JOE!!! all these people who are fighting for rights for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS should be deported also to the same country that these ILLEGALS are from

  • P1010058_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Its great to know that our men and women in the armed forces are making these protests happen. With out them they wouldn't have rights to protest. Sheriff Joe keep up the good work.

  • Jiu_jitsu_logo_max50


    over 5 years ago


    So stupid.

  • Fake_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Only in America are illegals allowed to protest and demand for their "rights" and not be deported.

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