Analysis: Protest Against America’s Toughest Sheriff Turns Violent in Arizona

I read an article about an altercation between Arizona police officers and protesters marching for immigrant rights. The protesters were angry about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s tactics. Arpaio has become a very controversial figure in the immigration debate. Arpaio has been under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegations of unconstitutional searches, and he lost his power to make federal immigration arrests 3 months ago. Despite the pressure he is receiving from the federal level he has continued to run immigration sweeps in latino neighborhoods under his state jurisdiction.

As a stand-alone article this piece was not very impressive. The author got the necessary information out there, but there were a lot of holes in the background story. I had to do further research to really understand the protest. I feel if the author had put a little more verbage into explaining the background story it would have made his report on the violence surrounding the protest more hard hitting. As it is written it just sounds like a report you would pick up on a police scanner.

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1 Response to Analysis: Protest Against America’s Toughest Sheriff Turns Violent in Arizona

  1. Lauren Fox says:

    I would argue that Arpaio has probably been covered so much that the reporter thought it was unnecessary to give all of the background information. However, your comment brings up a good point. As a reporter you never really know when you are going to need to divulge more information. It is important to remember that even though you may have written about someone or a situation 100 times, other people may be reading your 100th article about it for the first time.

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