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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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  • Edd_sbox_max50

    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!!

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    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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