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Racist Sheriff Arpaio greeted by angry, militant protest
Published Sep 17, 2009 11:25 PM
Loud shouts of “Racists go home!” greeted Arizona’s
Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and his cronies as he entered the Marriott
Hotel for an event to promote his new book, “Joe’s Law.”
Hundreds militantly protested outside for hours, despite a large Houston police
presence and a counterprotest by U.S. Border Watch.
Inside, the event was disrupted by four protesters, one of whom paid the $30
entrance fee and stood in line to get Arpaio’s autograph. When she got to
the front of the line, Liliana, a Colombian immigrant, handed Arpaio a
certificate and loudly proclaimed, “I am here to present to you the Bull
Connor Award for your promotion of racial discrimination, disregard of human
rights, abuse of power and general hatred of the ‘other.’ You are a
racist and a criminal!” Connor was the infamous Alabama police
commissioner and Ku Klux Klan member who used attack dogs and fire hoses on
African Americans in the 1960s.
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