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Arizona Citizens Mobilize in Demonstration Over Perceived 'Hate Law'Tim King Salem-News.com
As if Arizona isn't already hot enough.
(PHOENIX / SALEM ) - Crowds gathered by the hundreds yesterday in this desert city; many were taken into custody and the police and deputies had their hands full to say the least.
Jailers in Phoenix, Arizona had to call for backup in the afternoon as angry demonstrators beat on a metal door at a downtown jail. 32 people were arrested at that site alone, among protests taking place all over Phoenix.
Crowds opposing what they call, "Arizona's Hate Law" chanted in unison that they will not, "Live in Fear", with most activists directing their rage at a man hated by so many, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
He's known for making men wear pink underwear in custody and forcing inmates to live in tent cities under scalding hot conditions.
Arpaio is currently in the spotlight over massive immigration sweeps, something until now, only performed by federal authorities, specifically trained to work in immigration.
A media source in Arizona told Salem-News this week, that both print and television media in Arizona are sold out, lock stock and barrel; bound to the advertising interests that drive news content, or a lack of it to be more specific.
At the same time these biased tactics steer public attention away from critical issues that media sponsors want to see ignored. So far they are having success with it, but as the entire nation and world considers Arizona and its highly controversial law and sheriff, the shell wears thin.
Here is raw footage posted to YouTube by our friends at Russian TV English:
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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