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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 5 years ago


    Always a good way to prove that you're a rational adult, violence. /sarcasm off.

    Way to go Sheriff, and to all the officers that kept their cool and handled the situation at the appopriate level.

  • Patch_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Keep up the good work Joe!

  • L_ae1b658846e2d300078fb1b39c85f297_max50


    over 5 years ago


    hbg522 I totally agree with you. And Joe for president. Obviously the people in that county love him, or he would not be re-eleted so many times. Wish more elected officials would take a stand like he does.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    I love this guy, we only need about 100 more threw out the south bordering states!!!!

  • From_my_phone_october_013_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Keep up the great work Sheriff Joe!!! You know you are doing something right these days if you have a crowd outside protesting against you.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    How about 1 or 2 million illegals gather for protest and march back to where thay came from until they can come here legally. yea...thats it.

    Joe for President!!!

  • Cot_max50


    over 5 years ago


    it should say "thousands of ILLEGAL immigrant rights advocates. maybe they should put some pictures of Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox around the protesters and ask her family how they feel about the illegals.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    They should have all marched thier way out of our COUNTRY.....If you cannot do things legally then don't do them at all...Stay out of my COUNTRY..........

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Too bad Sheriff Joe. All these protesters just want are rights for illegals.

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