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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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    Mpsoldier83

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    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.

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    whitew

    over 4 years ago

    180 Comments

    Keep up the good work Joe!

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    Mark508

    over 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    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.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

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

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    HV7R201

    over 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    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.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 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!!!

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    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.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 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..........

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    43784 Comments

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

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