Man arrested during 'Wave of Action Phoenix' gathering

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The protesters who clashed with police in the streets of downtown Phoenix last weekend were at it again this weekend.

Last week, people from "Wave of Action Phoenix" threw flag poles at police officers, and some were arrested.

It was a different scene in downtown Phoenix on Saturday night as the group was getting together to have a discussion at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza.

Police moved in towards the middle of the plaza where the group was gathered around 8 p.m. That was followed by yelling and someone getting arrested.

"This is what a police state looks like! Practicing my First Amendment rights, and this is what the state does," said the man that was taken into custody by police.

His face was covered, which is common in this group.

Phoenix police said he was arrested because he had a warrant for his arrest.

Police said they have a team that follows cyber activity as it relates to these types of disturbances.

They said this man posted on the Internet that he would be at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza.

Members of the group, called "Wave of Action Phoenix," did post that they would be gathering there to talk about capitalism.

Police, who were present downtown to deal with crowds, said the Internet posts claimed the group would display a strong show of force with an anti-government movement and some would be armed.

"You saw how much riot people were over here," said someone with the group. "They just grabbed my friend and arrested him."

"We made a misdemeanor arrest for an individual that had an outstanding warrant for failure to comply out of the Peoria Police Department," said Sgt. Trent Crump with Phoenix police. "It's not our warrant, but we know who the individual is. He's been posting on the Internet about disrupting in downtown Phoenix. They had a movement tonight to come down here armed. Several of them did come armed. This is an individual that we had been watching because he came to the park armed tonight, and when we ran him, he had a warrant for his arrest so he was taken into custody."

The group quickly dispersed after the arrest.