Constituents wanting to talk to congressman greeted by police

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A group of concerned constituents gathered in front of Congressman David Schweikert's office in Scottsdale, wanting to get in. They wanted a face-to-face meeting and say they were denied and instead were greeted with police. 

In town halls across the country, frustrated constituents are demanding their voices be heard by their elected officials.

[RELATED: Voters having trouble getting access to representatives]

In Scottsdale, there was a vacant parking lot, an empty office and a Congressman who was not here. 

On Thursday, a group of very vocal constituents stood in front of Schweikert's office wanting answers. 

"Hello? Is anyone home? Should we send out a Silver Alert," says Karen Guinn, who was knocking at Schweikert's office.

They say they have one simple request and that is to talk with their congressional representative face-to-face. 

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"I have real concerns about the new administration. I want to know where he stands on our environment and healthcare. I'm an RN and I've been a nurse here for 30 years," said Colleen Reed.

"This is a democracy. We elected this individual. We should be able to talk to him whether he agrees with us or not," said Pinny Sheoran.

[RELATED: Dozens protest outside Rep. Gosar's office over no town hall]

Schweikert has had telephone town halls but she says they want to meet directly with him.

But when she and others went to his office Thursday morning, they were met by police officers instead.

"Honestly, I think they're afraid to talk to us. I don't think he wants to hear anything that doesn't fit in his box."

It was nearly the same scenario at Congressman Andy Biggs' office last week.Protesters showed up, Biggs did not, but then the police did.

[READ MORE: Protesters demand Rep. Biggs town hall]

Protesters at Schweikert's office say police shouldn't be showing up and their elected official should be. 

"You want to have their ear for a few minutes and just say, 'Hey, this is what's really important to me. He doesn't realize how ticked off everybody is," said Guinn.

[READ MORE: Protesters take demands for town hall meeting to Sen. Flake's home]

We put in a call to Schweikert's office but have not heard back.  

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