Immigration Protest in Gadsden

Seven members of a group protesting immigration policy were arrested after chaining themselves to the front doors of the Etowah County Detention Center this morning. The group called the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice was protesting federal immigration policy and calling on President Obama to halt deportations and the separation of families. The group says they were also purposely targeting the Etowah County Detention Center. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin says that the protesters who were arrested were charged with Failure to Disperse and Resisting Arrest after failing to comply with sheriff's deputies who had ordered them to disperse. In an emailed statement to the media, the Sheriff also said “While we respect the right of all citizens to peacefully protest, we cannot and will not allow individuals to disrupt the day to day operations of the Sheriff's Office nor will we allow any group to prevent other citizens from conducting business at this office.”


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