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Pima County Dems don’t want counter-protest

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik speaks with the media at a news conference, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011,  in Tucson, Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday by a gunman who opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with voters, killing a federal judge and four others in a rampage that rattled the country and left politicians fearful for their safety.  (AP Photo/Chris Morrison)

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik speaks with the media at a news conference, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday by a gunman who opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with voters, killing a federal judge and four others in a rampage that rattled the country and left politicians fearful for their safety. (AP Photo/Chris Morrison)

A group is planning a protest rally Friday against Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik over his comments about the shooting rampage in Tucson.

But rather than seeing Dupnik supporters stage a counter-protest, the county’s Democratic Party is encouraging people to contribute to blood banks and food banks.

Party chairman Jeff Rogers says a renewed sense of charity, compassion and community pride should be taking place in Tucson instead of protests.

Pima County Tea Party Patriots say they plan to “indict” Dupnik for politicizing the shootings and blaming free speech for the crime without evidence.

Dupnik linked the Jan. 8 shootings to vitriol in politics and said Arizona has become “the mecca of prejudice and bigotry.”

Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was among 13 wounded in the shootings that left six dead.

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