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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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    outonbail

    over 4 years ago

    62 Comments

    How is Joe abusing his power?

    “Illegal” aliens are illegal because they are breaking the law.

    I was always under the impression that enforcing the law was the responsibility of our law enforcement agencies?

    Or is it that only legal citizens must obey the law, while illegal aliens get a free pass?

    It wouldn’t be so bad if these aliens came here and followed American traditions and laws, but they prefer to turn America into Mexico. I never understood this. Because if they want to live in a neighborhood that is just like Mexico, they could just stay in Mexico.

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    wolfhoundcop

    over 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Although I don't agree with all of Joe's tactics, I applaud him noone the less for at least doing something. The FEDS don't like it, then they need to get their ass in gear and do something themselves. This passing the blame game by the FEDS gets pretty tiring.So FEDS, "PUT UP OR SHUT UP". As for p7196, take a chill pill, the "so called idiots" have the same rights under the constitution as you. Attacking our fellow citizens diminishes your point. Remember, many Americans (Republicans) voted for Obama, but do you think they would admit it....Noooooooo....lol
    The beef you have is with the "federal handling" with immigration laws, so write your senator and congressman. Quit attacking Americans.

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    kevin0906

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    no joe is the best in az

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    p7196

    over 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    Yeah Joe Must Go! Go get more of the "illegal aliens" off the streets and out of our country. If you want to come here first off learn our damn language. Then come here the legal way. To the bleeding heart liberal ba$tards, why don't you go to the other countries and see if they will learn our language to appease you. You idiots want to give these people rights that only AMERICANS deserve. Don't give me the ole' america is made up of people from other countries either. They came here legally. They learned the language, they support us and they totally became AMERICANS the legal way. So you trolls can go screw yourselves.

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    PDPATCHES

    over 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    J1SD ---- Another example of one who does not fill out their profile. Another Troll!

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    PDPATCHES

    over 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    It is very interesting that almost all the ones who post bleeding heart liberal crap fail to fill out their profile and do not reveal their position in law enforcement, the department they work for, their acomplishments etc., etc., etc. These same individuals do not post that information because they are NOT cops and probably never will be. They know if they post their complete profile the gig is up. Well we know you are not cops so please go to some liberal crap website to spew your crap and leave our site. I for one say you are not welcome here. I earned the right to say that.

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    tx5_O_2008

    over 4 years ago

    22 Comments

    If your against Sheriff Joe then I'm against you! I wish we had someone like Sheriff Joe around here, and the chief of I believe... Conroe. We need one of those here too. I would love to work for one of them two.
    Sucure Texas lmbo!

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    And the same goes for "Dad8" and any other troll that has crapp..!!..to spew....!!

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    "J1SD" Let me remind you of a very important point..!! First of all, I don't know if you are here to just spew a lot of "Liberal Bias Bull$hit. Or if you are here to attempt to push the buttons of me and my fellow warriors of the badge. But what ever reason that you feel the erge to sound off your far left, american civil liberties, global warming believing in, save the polar bear, socialist, stimulus package, big government, politcal correctness, CNN watching, conspiracy theory opinionated a$$ BULL$hit..!!! Well let me tell you that it is because of the men and women in uniform that go to work every day and place their lives on the line to protect our way of life. True..!! I don't know for sure if you are some flip flop wearing, anti military, anti law enforcement a$$hole, who does nothing but sit back and blame George W Bush for every thing from the economy to the recent earthquake in Hati. But if you are all or any of the above, then you need to crawl back under your far left liberal rock, and find another web site to spitt out your crapp..!!! Because here in this forum, we that have worn and we that continue to wear the uniforms of our military and law enforcement agencies, will always stand united against all that you and your kind represents...!! AS a matter of pure fact, It is because of men and women like us and Sheriff Joe Arpaio that have served this great and honorable nation, through both peacetime and through many battles, some long forgotten in far away places for the protection of our constitution and freedoms that you and many like you seem to take for granted, it is because of what we have contributed, some with the ultimate sacrifice for the protection of our nation, that allows moronic statements like yours to be posted.......

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    J1SD

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    It's very easy for every person born in this country whose family has been here for generations to say comments like the ones I've read. The truth is that these illegal immigrants are here to work and give their families a better life. They're fleeing from the injustices that they all face in their countries. All of the corruption in the central and south American continents has forced them to look else where. God formed this great nation with HIS hands. This nation belongs to no one but Him. And remember that everyone in this great nation is a descendant of an immigrant. Whether it be from Europe, Africa, Asia, Central or South America no one is a pure American. I agree that some of these people that do come are criminals, but the great majority are not. Why keep everything to ourselves?? Why not give a help those who need a big help?

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    "PDPATCHES" You are the man..!! Keep up the good work..!!

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    securetexas

    over 4 years ago

    1038 Comments

    All they got was pepper spray, sorry you go after my horse your a gonna get stomped. [by the horse] Oh thats not politicly correct, My 16.5 hand Quarter Horse does not agree w/ some of the currant policies set forth by the liberal politicians... Keep going Sheriff Joe, This is our country, We need to take a stand for it... To many have GIVEN ALL they had to protect our rights, we need to honor that. Come to this country, but do it right... {ok, ok getting off my soap box...}

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    Jimvg

    over 4 years ago

    440 Comments

    They just don't seem to comprehend the meaning of ILLEGAL Alien. As John Wayne said in "True Grit", "The rat catcher is too tough on the rats."

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    Silent_Observer

    over 4 years ago

    446 Comments

    If illegal immigrants were anything but spineless cowards looking to rob others for a living by leeching off welfare, they would stay in their own countries and make things better there. Countless people fought and died to make this nation great and those criminals need to go back to their own countries and either do the same or live with the consequences of living a cowardly life.

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    Coop505

    over 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    I though they were trying to stop illegal immigration? This guy does his job and the feds try to stop him. Another unfulfilled, empty promise from the great hypocrite in chief.

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