Arizona AG Denounces 'Angry Mob' for Vandalizing Police Memorial in Phoenix Capitol Riot

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Late on Friday night, RedState reported that police in Arizona’s state capital were forced to declare a protest at the Capitol building in downtown Phoenix “an unlawful assembly” after pro-abortion protesters, angered by the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the basis for Roe v. Wade, became violent and tried to breach the building.


Then earlier on Saturday, my colleague Bonchie wrote about more emerging details, including one state senator describing lawmakers feeling like hostages while trapped inside the building under assault, and law enforcement only managing to disperse the rioters with the aid of tear gas.

Now, local TV station KTVK/KPHO is reporting on what happened next, which is so reminiscent of the “mostly peaceful” protests we saw in the wake of the death of George Floyd in 2020. Remember how the crowds of radical Black Lives Matter and other activists would spray graffiti all over and otherwise damage public landmarks, including statues and historical memorials?

As RedState’s Nick Arama wrote:

This is just the latest entry from the “rip down our history crowd.” They’ve also defaced or pulled down Abraham Lincoln, a World War II veterans monument, even a monument to black civil war veterans.

It appears the “ripdown our history crowd” has struck again, this time in downtown Phoenix.


The Arizona Department of Public Safety has responded after Friday night’s pro-choice protest at the state capitol building in downtown Phoenix. Approximately 7,000 to 8,000 people were in attendance, according to the department’s count.

Law enforcement says that protestors were given multiple warnings that they were trespassing and were an unlawful assembly.

Troopers then deployed field force teams and tear gas to clear the area while some protestors reportedly defaced various memorials in Wesley Bolin Plaza.


The outlet also shared a list of the seven memorials that were vandalized:

The following memorials were reportedly defaced by protestors:

Wesley Bolin Memorial Amphitheatre
158th Regimental Memorial
Arizona Peace Officers Memorial
Korean War Memorial
Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Memorial
Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial
Lt. Frank Luke Jr. Memorial

But in a new tweet on Saturday, Arizona’s top law enforcement official, Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich denounced the defacing of one memorial in particular: the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial, and shared photos of its desecration:

Brnovich wrote:

An angry mob defaced the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial last night, after being dispersed from the State Capitol. This wasn’t a peaceful or lawful protest.

We must never tolerate these criminal attempts to tear down our institutions and intimidate our officials.

For anyone unaware, memorials like this one serve to honor those law enforcement heroes who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Now, correct me if my memory is faulty here, but didn’t President Joe Biden just speak during a Peace Officers memorial event in May, right after the Buffalo grocery store mass shooting? Yes, he did. But will we hear a speech from Biden in the coming days echoing AG Brnovich’s statement– that “we must never tolerate” this kind of criminal behavior that dishonors the fallen? Don’t hold your breath. As readers know by now, that kind of rhetoric is reserved for pushing progressive agenda items like stricter gun control laws, keeping the “right” to kill babies up to the time of birth, and tracking down parents who attend school board meetings but just might be domestic terrorists or white supremacists in disguise.



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