News >> Browse Articles >> Crime News


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.

Other Top News:

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I loved (sic) the comment “Who would Jesus deport?” The answer is, "anyone here illegally." Romans 13:1-7 states, in summary, that we must submit ourselves to the government authorities so long as what we are being asked to do is not contrary to God's law (as in obeying an order to murder someone, for example). There is nothing contrary when it comes to the law that says you can't be here illegally (ILLEGAL...). What is contrary is NOT enforcing those laws. Moreover, the protesters where not protesting peacefully but were rather doing ILLEGAL things... Kinda sums up the whole scenario.
    Our country and our profession is desperate for leaders who will lead with integrity and honor. Stay the course Joe!

  • 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.

  • 432nd_tfw_patch_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I totally agree with rjbaiad. Look for his statement. He said it succinctly and honestly. I vote for Arpaio every time. I dread the day he leaves office. I feel that any other sheriff elected will have a rough time living up to his standards. I hope to God that we don't get some liberal or democrat that panders to the illegals, doesn't have the guts to enforce DUI's convictions or stops, or any other law violators that happen to invade this state.

    Think about it. Why protest against an elected official that is doing his job? The only reason is that he is invading their illegal activities. They are angry that their families and friends are being jailed for speeding, drug trafficking, DUI's, illegal immigration, theft, murder, and more. Stop committing crimes and he'll leave you alone. I'm not Hispanic but I look Hispanic. If the MCSO stopped me for questioning, I wouldn't mind. If they need to eliminate me as a suspect, I'd rather they do that and find me innocent than to let some criminal go because they didn't profile them. They protest because they are guilty, were guilty, or know someone who is guilty.

    Sheriff Arpaio, keep doing your job. I'll vote for you every time.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Sorry for the misspelling of need and needed but some times I get ticked off and I seem to stutter even in my wrighting. you fo;ks have a blessed day and may God bless all LEO's.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    For ages bleeding hearts have come out in force against whats right weather it is a sorry scumsucker who has killed whole families and has ben given the death penalty or when some government official finally gets off his butt and says NO to some special interest group or some one has the gonads to inforce the law. but the fact that LEO's are falling at an alarming rate doesn't seem to bother them. and another thing that swells my balls is the fact that these same lame brained bleeding hearts that are kicking Sheriff Joe's butt will be the first to call his department to get help if some one gives them a good butt kicking.
    I am behind Sheriff Joe 100% and if he deeds some help I will travel to Arizona from Louisiana to volunteer my services for as long as he deeded me.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe. You've got a hell of a lot more people, in and out of law enforcement, standing with you than against you.

  • 12132007006_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Most of these posts are great, but Jonas(2 days ago) says, "Too bad Sheriff Joe. All these protesters just want are rights for illegals." WTF?!? What rights do illegals have in this country? We cannot bestow our rights, the natural rights of a US born or legally immigrated citizen to everyone in the world! Jonas, when these folks go home and come back the right way THEN they can have our rights!

  • 450312-r1-12-12_013_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I am so glad to hear all these comments in favor of sheriff Joe, being an AZ resident I am glad to see him doing the job he was elected to do. These people who shout discrimination when he arrests illega aliens( they are not immigrants) need to wake up and smell the coffee most of these so called poor immigrants are gang members and are here to build their gang membership and break our laws. If the feds would enforce our laws like they should Sheriff Joe wouldn't have to do it for them. Keep up the good work Sheriff Joe.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I wish there were more like Sheriff Joe.

  • John_bike_max50


    over 4 years ago


    rjbaiad, right on the money, and Sheriff Joe, keep up the good work, as you can see Mr. Brown won Mass last night, people are getting tired of the Demonrats running this country already in a corrupt manner, from health care to threatening to take peoples firearms away, Mr. Brown said last night this could happen all over the USA come November, he's right, I'm going straight Republican ticket in November, I am changing, why???, ask Obama...

  • Image_010_max50


    over 4 years ago


    GO JOE He should run for president of the united states !

  • V_curts_clothes_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Go, Sheriff Joe! It's not up to the federal gov't (Pres Obama) to control the laws in Maricopa County. I wish he was OUR sheriff!

  • Washington_020_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good going, RJBAIAD! You hit the nail on the head. If you ever find your way to Texas, I would be honored to shake your hand & buy a fellow patriot a beer and American an American restaurant...chased with an American steak.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Keep up the great work Sheriff Arpaio, if we could get all of the people who know and agree with you would stand up and be counted, everyone in this country would completely drown out these groups that are so ignorant regarding what the American people want. I'm sure that their own country Mexico could help them there. The rights of the American citizens have been trampled on for way to long. Hooray for ourside.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe is an example of what all law officers should be. Fair but tough!
    I like him.

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

striker123 commented on: Brighteyes63's photo: "Security", 7 minutes ago.
lkdavis71 posted in: "Introduction", 17 minutes ago.
On_the_fence_trainee received the quiz result of "You passed with flying colors", 39 minutes ago.
uncledennis1 gave a thumbs down to The Topic "you will make it for your job man", 44 minutes ago.