PHOENIX (AP) — Four people have been arrested for blocking an intersection outside a federal courthouse in Phoenix as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio testified inside in a civil trial.
Arpaio took the witness stand Tuesday about allegations that his trademark immigration sweeps amounted to racial profiling against Hispanics.
About 50 protesters staged a civil disobedience near the courthouse. Four undocumented immigrants held a banner that read: "No Papers, No Fear."
The demonstration appeared to be orchestrated by grassroots community-based group that sent out a statement from the four immigrants and even provided their biographies.
Phoenix police say the four were arrested for blocking an intersection and will likely face a misdemeanor charge of failure to obey law enforcement orders.
The four live in Phoenix and range in age from 24 to 37.