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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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  • Monique_picture_for_policelink_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I agree with Norsehero. If you wish to come to the United States and to give your family a better life, you should do so legally. Doing so illegally is a slap in the face to all of the good people who waited their turn to come here and did things the legal way. Nothing in life worth having comes easy. If it did, no one would appreciate it. That's why all of the immigrants who came to this country the proper way love it so much and treasure it. If it had been easy, they probably wouldn't be as loyal as they are now. I think that Sheriff Joe is a very brave man. He often does the things that a lot of other people are afraid to do, because it may not be politically correct at the time. That takes courage, and he has loads of it. Even if someone doesn't agree with everything Sheriff Joe does, at least they can't say he is a mindless robot. The man sticks to his beliefs and does what he thinks is right. Not enough people these days are willing to do that.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    Go Joe! He is sworn to protect the public from illegal activity>such as "illegal aliens" And since when has sneaking under a fence in the middle of the night become "immigration".

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Law Enforsement enforces laws, Congress makes laws. Most Americans trust LE, most Americans do not trust Congress. A politician only looks to the next election. A statesman looks to the future. Can you blame us for pessimism? I think not.............God bless America. Land of the free, because of the brave.

  • American_first_responder2_max50


    over 5 years ago


    All I can say is a load of these problems could be resolved if we had anything more effective than the liberal administration we have in Washington; there lies the real problems that Law Enforcement, and other careers are enduring. Like the Sheriff says...put the blame where it belongs in a proposal to President Obama.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    In legal dictionaries across our country, people who cross our borders illegally are termed 'illegal alien'. Plain and simple. So many of you are correct in your assessments. They are here illegally and thus are criminals. Plain and simple. The simple fact is, they should be removed. Good people or not, they chose to become criminals when they crossed our borders and stayed. I am truly sympathetic to the idea that they are here "for a better life". So was the current governor of California and look how well doing it legally turned out for him. Regardless, criminals are criminals and should be dealt with as such. I have seen people jailed for stealing cans of dog food to feed their kids. Did their intent matter? No...not one bit. So why do we take these peoples "intent" into consideration?

  • Img_0097_sq90_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Calling an illegal alien an undocumented worker is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist! I'm sick and tired of people defending illegal aliens. They claim these people are not criminals. Really? Other than the fact that everything from people with failure to appear warrants to murderers and sex offenders cross the border, the very fact that they cross "illegally" makes them, in fact, a criminal. People that cross the border illegally and remain in the country are criminals. Criminals are arrested by police. It's a rather simple concept that the bleeding hearts just don't grasp. Do not get me wrong, I have no problem with people from other countries moving here for a better life, a better opportunity. Just do it legally. The country can't take much more, and illegal immigration is a huge factor, affecting everything from school shortages to welfare, medical care to employment. It's a huge problem and if the President won't fix it, then I guess it's up to people like Sheriff Joe and his deputies. If you doubt anything I'm saying, come to beautiful southeast Arizona. But hurry, before the garbage (empty water bottles and tuna cans) cover the landscape or it all gets burned down by the groups of illegals building campfires in the mountains.

  • Img_2238_max50


    over 5 years ago


    It is kinda funny the statement on the shirts "Who Would Jesus Deport" When in fact Jesus' family was in a since deported, after all they all had to go back to the country they came from to be counted in the census.

  • Zzzzzzznypdflag_max50


    over 5 years ago


    dirtydave1, you must have misunderstood what I posted. I agree with you 1,000% ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS - THAT'S RIGHT - ILLEGAL ALIEN (NOT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT) SHOULD BE DEPORTED! Illegal Immigrant is some bullcrap tital liberals came up with in a clever attempt to cloud the issue because they think the citizens of this nation are stupid. Bottom line, ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS SHOULD BE DEPORTED AND THE COST OF DOING IT SHOULD BE DEDUCTED FROM THE FINANCIAL AID WE GIVE TO THE COUNTRY THAT THE ILLEGAL ALIEN CAME FROM.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 5 years ago


    If there so concerned about the illegal immigrants being treated unfairly, then do as I did "BECOME A UNITED STATES CITIZEN" now I don't have to worry about being a illegal immigrant.
    I'm with you Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I love the way you deal with the prisoners and how you have saved money.

    michaeld123----- Why not leave the state, I'm sorry money was saved by his actions, come to California where you see first hand what happens when people like michaeld123 have there way and illegal immigrants roam free all over and cost me a hard working tax payer ENORMOUS amounts of tax dollars. P.S it's not wise to bash your place of employment on a public site like this one.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    economy is horrible, Americans are losing their jobs and these illegal sob's want to come in and take our jobs AND people are protesting to keep them here? Screw em all and throw em all back over the boarder. This does not go for just Mexicans because i am seeing all races coming here illegally and try and often succeeding in taking our jobs. GO JOE!

  • Vt_bear_max50


    over 5 years ago


    OK, now a last comment: As I read down the comment chain, michaeld123 (and I suspect that is as far as he can count) needs to crawl back under the rock he came from. Or, move away to a real communist/nazi country....he'll see a big difference in lifestyles. And learn your grammar/spelling. Really, "...neo Nazi peace of crap..." PEACE??? Here, I'll give you the answer "PIECE".

    And that "data" you were reciting....was mostly CRAP itself. NOT TRUE. Yes, he is his own 'echelon' I mentioned in my earlier comment (so he too is a little politically motivated and self-serving - so I wouldn't vote him for president), but at least his head is screwed on right and focused on doing the right things. I have relatives in AZ and I've followed Joe's career for years, and YOU sir, michaeld123, are way off base.

    GO AWAY! You're just a "wannabe" that couldn't be.

    You go Joe!

  • Vt_bear_max50


    over 5 years ago


    1 last comment: If I were Joe, I'd have the mother (or father, or whoever the idiot was that brought a 2yo baby miles into the desert for this idiotic protest) arrested for child endangerment. And then, seek the state of Arizona to investigate that parent for the removal of their child, for CLEARLY, they are UNFIT parent(s).

  • Vt_bear_max50


    over 5 years ago


    What the hell is up with the Feds now. Same old balls to stand up to the "American Stupid". They're protesting for ILLEGAL immigrants. And, they themselves are committing crimes in the process. Screw-em, Blue em & Book em all.

    Feds need to back away from Joe and try to engage they're pea-brains and focus on the real problems out there - Those same loud mouthed illegal protesters.

    Somebody once told me the Feds were supposed to be on our side - the side of good, the side of know, the good guys. WTF?! They lost their way. And, I'm sure it's not the front line feds. Most of em anyway. No sir, I'm certain it's the "Educated Idiots" in their echelon. It usually is. More politically motivated and self-serving individuals than anything else.

    All I can say is: "Yankee go home, leave Joe alone".

    He's the only one doing the right thing. And, God bless him, he's got balls.

  • Wind_therapy-_angel_max50


    over 5 years ago


    On the illegal immigrants portion, I say Go Joe! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • Davetux1_max50


    over 5 years ago


    PDPATCHES....u need to get a life!!!!! An Illegal Immigrant is just that.....Illegal. Bottom line. We used to be able to arrest somone who had no legal documentation.....not the case anymore. Thats sad. We need a way for this to work. A friend of mine who retired from the USBP told me that when he started, there were 3500 agents nation wide. Now there are over 16,000, and their hands are so tied, they can not do the job that 3500 did when he started.

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