Arizona Senate Republicans
Law Enforcement Prevents Insurrection of State Senate While Lawmakers Conduct the People's Work
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 24, 2022
Law Enforcement Prevents Insurrection of State Senate
While Lawmakers Conduct the People's Work
PHOENIX, ARIZONA— Violent pro-abortion protestors attempts of an insurrection at the Arizona State Senate were thwarted Friday night, thanks to the swift action from local and state law enforcement.
While Arizona State Senate members were wrapping up passing important legislation for the session, extremist demonstrators made their way to the entrance of the Senate building and began forcibly trying to make entry by breaking windows and pushing down doors.
Law enforcement monitoring this situation called for backup and were able to disperse the crowd with tear gas before entry was made. As this terrifying situation unfolded, Senate President Karen Fann called a recess so that Senators, staff and the public in attendance could evacuate to a secure location. Once the premises were secured, those inside the building were able to return to the Senate chambers. Unfortunately, the system that circulates the air through the facility pulled some of the smoke or tear gas into the Senate chambers, making the air quality unhealthy for anyone to return.
In response, Senate proceedings were moved to another room of the building so that Senators could continue carrying out the people's work.
"We are incredibly thankful for our local law enforcement who quickly intervened during what could have been a destructive and dangerous situation for our members, staff and public inside the Senate," said Senate President Karen Fann. "Violence is never the answer, and we will not camouflage what was a blatant attempt at an insurrection as a 'rally' or 'peaceful protest.' We are calling on all state lawmakers to condemn these acts. There is a way to make your voice heard and violence is never the answer."
For more information, contact:
Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus