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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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    Victor2_Retired

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    If you don't support Sheriff Joe your part of the problem, what part of ILLEGAL immigrant(s) is so hard to understand? If you can enter LEGALLY - Welcome to the US.

  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    I love Sheriff Joe, I think he does great work. It really makes it look worse for the protesters then helps anything, to cause problems with LEOs and break laws themselves.

    I don't believe that learning a second language is bad, however I should not have to embrace someone else's culture because they can't embrace the native culture. And I agree, for the most part illegals cause more problems and cost more money then they do help. I'm with Sheriff Joe.

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    rickkd6

    over 4 years ago

    230 Comments

    Hey Dad8,
    I agree it's okay to speak Languages other than English. All three of my kids can speak other languages but English is the language of this land and I don't want my tax dollars spent printing material for those who come here and won't learn our language. I was born here so I'm as American as any indian and more so than any other person not born in this country. I think certain people just latch on and label others racist, biggoted or whatever because soon as there is reference to another group or race they stop thinking right at that point and just blindly attack the other person. I don't have one thing against another race but I do have a problem with a person who won't follow the laws we have in place to live in this country. Most of us on this site are sworn to uphold the constitution and force those who don't to face a judge and that is why you may find a lot of resistance to those that are not here legally. Take a few deep breaths and try looking at this issue from a different point of view.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Keep up the good work Sheriff. Our congress could learn something from Sheriff Joe.

  • Shooter1_max50

    doc1time

    over 4 years ago

    172 Comments

    Sheriff Joe for President!

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    badge66

    over 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    Hey Dad8: Please do some research and you'll find that the majority of Mexicans, Guatamalans, Hondurans etc. are in this country illegally. They commit crimes and are never prosecuted because they are unknown to anyone but their relatives, friends and employers. Apparently you think all these hardworking aliens are great people. You should bring them to live with you and be responsible for their actions while in this country. These people are costing you a great deal of expense by using our services such as medical, child care, food and so forth. Wake up!

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    mom_of_co

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    To Dad8: Take your ideas to the family of the Female Sheriff Deputy in Utah that was murdered by an illegal alien. He had been deported, sentenced to prison and set free after 1 year of his sentence, sent back to Mexico and returned ILLEGALLY to murder her. I think the actuall count of deportations was 8. According to you her family should just understand and keep letting them come back. Hope his next visit is to your home. Maybe you will understand if it is your family.

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    cgidney

    over 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    I wonder how the protesters who got violent like their pink jump suits and balogna sandwiches.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Bump PDPatches~~~!! TO DAD 8 go play in the traffic. !!

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    Dad8

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Hey PDPATCHES, Yes I currently work in Law Enforcement and It is wonderful to have a forum to agree and disagree, and oh I did not know you owned the internet! Sorry you can't handle the truth.

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    mom_of_co

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I actually wrote in Joe Arpio for President as did my family. He would not even need a VP why waste the $s. Janet Napalitano needs to find her BALLS and stand up for the laws that are written. Keep doing a good job Joe! Some of us are really behind you.

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    PDPATCHES

    over 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    Hey, DAD8, why don't you go find some friggen bleeding heart liberal website to play on. I bet you are not now, nor have you ever been a cop. Take a hike and leave our website.

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    honestman30

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Joe needs to run for President of the U.S.A and also needs to keep up the good work. Or run for AZ Gover.

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    CIVPOL

    over 4 years ago

    182 Comments

    I WISH Sheriff Joe WAS THE PRESIDENT!! Here is another case of these "innocent" protesters that are AGAIN BREAKING the law and like Sheriff Joe said, HE is not the person to change these laws!! What a way to state your point by attacking law enforcement!! I'm SICK of this &^%!! also!!

  • Life_giving_sword_max50

    getocop

    over 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    JOE NEEDS TO RUN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL SO HIS IDEAS CAN BE IMPLEMENTED NATION WIDE. GO JOE.

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