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Protesters, cops clash at county booking jail


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Outside the county booking facility

A protester confronts Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies in riot gear at the entrance to the county's central booking facility downtown.

Several anti-SB 1070 protesters have been arrested at the site, including some who blocked the entrance earlier.


Civil disobedience at Sheriff Arpaio's booking facility


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Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix

Unitarian minister Susan Frederick-Gray is among those who have blocked the entrance to the central booking facility of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"Not one more mother gets pulled away from her children," she said, referring to the separation of families by deportation.


Tension and a heavy police presence as protesters shout 'Arrest Arpaio'


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Outside Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office

An anti-SB 1070 protester with a bullhorn walks past a line of Phoenix police, who have blocked the street in front of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

No counter-protesters have shown up, though a few downtown office workers have stopped by to watch. Most have been reluctant to comment. "This is just craziness," one woman said.


Wearing his message on his shirt


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The shirt speaks for him

At a protest outside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office in downtown Phoenix, a bicyclist identifying himself only as Henry, 31, was short on comments: "I just came down to see this," he said.

His T-shirt did the talking for him.


More Phoenix protests, and a few arrests

Anti-SB 1070 protesters have gathered at different locations throughout downtown Phoenix, with some marching on to the state Capitol following a morning prayer service, while others stage a protest across the street from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Others have demonstrated outside the federal couthouse, where police said there have been three arrests.