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Oct 16, 2013 8:04 PM by Sean Mooney

Immigration protests strain 'readiness'

TUCSON - Last Friday two protests condemning the government's deportation program, "Operation Streamline", erupted at the same time at two locations in Tucson.

When it was over 18 people were arrested and now face felony charges.

During the five hours the protests went on nearly 100 Tucson police officers were dispatched to both locations.

Tucson Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Widmer says many of those officers were pulled from patrols throughout the city straining the department's ability to protect the residents of Tucson.

"One of our local area elementary schools went in to lock-down after reports of shots fired, we were able to get over 10 officers there to handle that situation, but again, something has to give there," Widmer says.

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