In All, 71 Cuffed in Ariz. Immigration Protests

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies, left, check the shoes of a suspect arrested during a crime suppression sweep in Phoenix on Thursday, July 29, 2010. This was Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 17th immigration and crime sweep after hundreds of immigrant rights supporters delayed the effort with a rally at a downtown jail, in opposition to Arizona's new immigration law SB1070. A judge put the most controversial elements of the law on hold, but allowed other portions to take effect. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
New figures released Friday show that a total of 71 people were arrested in Phoenix during protests of Arizona's new immigration law.

The protests were held Thursday as the new law took effect, although without its strongest provisions.

Phoenix police say they arrested 45 people during protests in front of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's headquarters downtown and in surrounding areas.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested 23 people outside a downtown jail where protesters beat on the metal door and forced sheriff's deputies to call for backup. Officers in riot gear opened the doors, waded out into the crowd and hauled off those who didn't move.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested three people in front of the federal courthouse downtown.

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