Tempe, AZ – A person was arrested by police Thursday evening at an occasion for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D — Mass.) when he refused to go away after arguing with a number of members of the AZ Patriots, a conservative group that got here to protest the Warren city corridor.
The person was handcuffed after he resisted when safety on the Marquee Theater requested him to go away. He was forcibly dragged out as reporters filmed.
Jennifer Harrison, a member of the AZ Patriots, stated the person tried to seize the mobile phone of a bunch member recording the occasion. She additionally stated he threatened to hit her. The AZ Patriot’s fb web page describes them as citizen journalists and activists who “stand boldly for American values and Conservative principals.”
Members of the group wore pink “Make America Nice Once more” hats on the Warren occasion and unfurled a Trump flag sooner or later throughout their protest.
Police prevented reporters from speaking to the person as he stood with an officer outdoors the theater. Tempe Police Sgt. Kevin Renwick stated the person was below arrest and would face fees. “It’s fairly reduce and dried,” Renwick instructed reporters.
Detective Greg Bacon, a spokesman for the Tempe Police Division, confirmed the person can be charged with “assault and disorderly conduct for confronting one other topic on the occasion.”
Harrison stated the group got here to report Warren’s occasion and protest “the socialism that she’s peddling.”
She stated that Warren’s marketing campaign workers surrounded them after they seen their MAGA gear. She accused Warren’s workers of being “impolite” and holding indicators in entrance of them to forestall them from seeing.
The venue safety, she stated, then requested their group to go away through the occasion. “No downside, we left peacefully, no downside,” she stated. “We respect the regulation.”
However because the group was being escorted out of the theater, she stated a person grew to become offended with them and tried to seize one in every of her affiliate’s telephones. Later, when the person was outdoors, she stated he “got here after me and tried to take a swing at me.”
“Liberals can not preserve their fingers to themselves at these occasions,” she stated. “They see a Make America Nice Once more hat they usually turn out to be unglued.”
Roughly 3,500 folks attended Warren’s occasion right here, in keeping with workers. Not like her typical townhall she didn’t take any questions from the viewers. Warren instructed reporters that she selected not to take action as a result of the climate was heat.
As all the time, she stayed properly after giving he speech to take images with supporters.