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Protesters cause Board of Supervisors to end meeting early

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PHOENIX -

Protestors crashed the board of supervisors meeting Wednesday morning. Things got so heated, the board ended the meeting early.

One of the items on the agenda today was the approval of a $3-million settlement to the family of an inmate who died in Sheriff Arpaio's jails. Deborah Braillard died while in custody in 2005.

But the sheriff would like you to instead focus on the $600,000 raised to help animals in the MASH unit.

"This is just another way that we can help to raise money to take care of their food, all their vet bills and what not, what it takes to raise these animals," says MCSO spokesman Chris Hegstrom.

But it was a performance of a different kind by a different group, complete with a "King Joe" that gained the most attention Wednesday.

It happened at the County Board of Supervisors meeting, where Citizens for a Better Arizona sang songs and chanted against the sheriff.

Neither the board nor the protestors were happy about the way the meeting ended abruptly.

"You have the person dressed up like a king yelling at the board members, that is just kindergarten behavior," says Cari Gerchick, Board of Supervisors spokeswoman

"They walked out. They adjourned the meeting. We were there to do business. If they were serious about giving that family justice, they should have said we will put it on the agenda next time, let's meet afterward. They did not do that, they walked out," says Randy Parraz, Citizens for a Better Arizona.

The sheriff wouldn't comment on camera, but issued a statement calling the protestors a "second rate comedy act" -- a politically motivated circus, impeding yet again the important work the Board of Supervisors wishes to accomplish.

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