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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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  • Picture_073_max50


    over 4 years ago


    i say if you have a green card and pay taxes in my country and speek english than welcome home brother. if your answer to any of those is no than go back to where youre from and fix your country before you try to screw around in mine.i lived in arizona for thirteen years before i couldnt take it any more. i worked retail and had to deal with people every day who spoke no english at all and had ebt (food stamp) cards and drivers licenses and pockets full of big bills$. i say we put sherrif joe in to run in the next election and then let him march like general patton til the problem is resolved.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    We need more Sheriffs and Police Chiefs like Arpaio!

  • Gglass-avatar_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Joe Arpaio for President!

  • Dscf2230_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Dont kid yourselves thinking this administration is going to side with Sheriff Joe, the county or the state of AZ. Just as they have sympathy or the muslims plight they will also for the illegal, the criminal and terrorist and fully believe they get constitutional rights when on our soil.....We're in so deep will we ever get out? At least Ted Kennedy's seat is no longer a democrat and will break the majority in the house.

  • X_carbines_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe!

  • Image008_max50


    over 4 years ago


    How can someone come here illegally, break our laws and then DEMAND rights ? It's like upside down world. I'm Cuban so it's not like I'm against latin people. You ought to see how the Mexicans treat the people who cross their country trying to get to the U.S. . They're robbed, killed, enslaved,raped and all manner of horrors. They can forget going to the Mexican police too, they'll just brutalize them some more. Yet these same Mexicans have the nerve to come here illegally and demand more rights than they have in their own country. Pretty nervy. I can understand that people want better lives, they need to put their energy into making their own country a better place to live. We could use a better system too though, for people who come here to work, let them work with some kind of papers and permission to be here. Make sure that they get paid at least minimum wage and make sure that they pay U.S. taxes too. But this craziness of just invading the U.S. like they do has got to stop. Try doing that in any other country and see where you end up.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I don't know if Sheriff Joe is on solid ground with his actions. However, I hope he takes his safety seriously and protects himself until all of this this is settled. Hope he wears a b/proof vest when out in public. p.s. Where has Americafirst been? Washington has known about Joe for years. Charlie Garris

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max160_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    America has been so divided and weakened!! Possible to the point were we may not recover!!! 30 or more years ago, if this happened, another Alamo would have occured!!! Americans would not stand for citizens of another country taking over our country. Mexicans are multiplying at such an alarming rate at our county hospitals. Now, they have a large influence in our voting booths, they are for their own race and not of the future and wellbeing of the United States!! True patriotism appears to be fading in our country, it is very depressing to see this!!!! The Fed Govt displays a very Anti-American attitude!!!!!!! It has been said that our county will collapse in 25 years if we continue on the course we are on. We need more true Americans like Sheriff Joe, especially in the Fed Govt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 3lights_avatar2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Brother, are you sure you read that right? I took that "Who would Jesus deport" not as Jesus Christ but as Jesus (Hey-Zeus) the guy running the portable burrito stand. A rather abstract statement on a T-shirt. My answer, depends if he has a green card!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    All countries have immigration policies. Those countries strictly enforce those policies, except American! Why is that?

  • Snapshot_20090302_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Years ago, when I first read about Joe, I was acually so impressed I wanted to hug the man. We need more men like Joe to stand up and do what he was hired to do. They ought to do a survey of the prisoners he has taken care of. One said, he was a better man because of Sheriff Joe. Well, if that is the case, then what is the problem? Leave the man alone and let him do his job. I am a big support of him and want more men like him. I wish they had classes that could be taught by HIM to get some of these law enforcement to stand up and be the man and women we elect them to be!

  • 474305986_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Screw illegals, they have no rights and I belive the federal gov is in violating the federal law by not persueing illegals and getting them out of this country. Theres people that have been waiting along time to come to this country legally and its just a slamp in their face when they see nothing beeing done to these money sucking burdins on tax payers getting away with breaking the law. I say get caught once get deported get caught twice death penalty.

  • Picture__andy_in_mumbai_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is the first time that I heard that Washington has leaned on Arpaio. It figures. Marxist don't like law enforces but their own. But Washington got a big notice yesterday from the voters in Mass. And there is more of the same coming soon.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    The major problem here is that illegals do tend to get better treatment. They get sent to prison and then are deported to wherever they came from be it Mexico or Ireland afterwhich they come right back into the country to continue committing crimes. Many others simply go the route of legally becoming a US citizen. There's no reason to sneak in unless you have refugee status. Law makers and politicians time and time again completely ignore the laws we have now for their own agendas. Unless there was some sort of illegal and inappropriate action taken as opposed to arresting criminals who just happen to be illegals in the south then why strip his arrest powers? Perhaps a little reverse suing would come in handy. If all of us on the blue line banded together and started counter suing for some of the BS that's rained down upon us - well just imagine the about facing from our local politicians that would occur.

  • 20_normal_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I bet most of these protesting were illeagals, what right does an illeagal have to protest the laws of this country? WAKE UP AMERICA or we will all be speaking spanish, saluting the Mexican flag and answering to the New United States socialist party. You want to imagrate here do it legal like my ancestors did!!!

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