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Protest Against Sheriff Joe Turns Violent

Protest Against Sheriff Joe Turns Violent

The AP via YellowBrix

January 18, 2010

“Most regrettably, a nearby 2-year-old child was hit by some of the pepper spray,” said Hill, adding that the Phoenix Fire Department was called to the scene to treat the girl. “I am told she was released and was expected to be OK.”

No one else was seriously injured, he said.

Phoenix police said Saturday night that five people were arrested during the protest and taken to Maricopa County Jail. Four were booked on suspicion of aggravated assault on police. The other faces disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Though the scene of the disturbance was cleared within minutes, the aftermath was chaotic. Protesters yelled obscenities at police officers in riot gear. One officer shook his pepper spray canister as he ordered people to keep moving. One protester wore goggles, and several others wrapped bandanas around their mouths.

Critics have accused deputies working in Arpaio’s immigration efforts of racial profiling, which the sheriff denies. He says his deputies approach people when they have probable cause to believe they had committed crimes.

Ten months ago, Arpaio learned he was under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for alleged discrimination and unconstitutional searches. He says the investigation was prompted by his immigration efforts, although federal authorities haven’t provided details.

Since early 2008, Arpaio has run 13 immigration and crimes sweeps involving officers who flood a section of a city – in some cases heavily Latino areas – to seek out traffic violators and arrest other violators.

Arpaio’s power to make federal immigration arrests was stripped away three months ago by officials in Washington, but he continues his immigration efforts through the enforcement of two state laws.

A federal grand jury also is investigating Arpaio and his office on allegations of abusing his powers.

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  • Car_004_max50


    over 4 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 4 years ago


    Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe...

  • 119_1923_max50


    over 4 years ago


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

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago


    I to say keep up the good Sheriff Joe.

  • 1211120858_max50


    over 4 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 4 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 4 years ago


    So stupid.

  • Gods_team_max50


    over 4 years ago


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

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