Rancher Cliven Bundy's son meets with Arpaio over safety concerns


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on April 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM

PHOENIX -- The son of controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy lives in Phoenix and took his own security concerns to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday.

Ammon Bundy requested a meeting with Arpaio to ask what his office would do if a situation similar to his father's happened here in Maricopa County.

The Bundys say their sheriff in Nevada was too neutral in the conflict between the rancher and federal government over his cattle grazing on federal property.

"There's all these agencies that need to be checked and balanced so that they certainly can't just do what they want with the people when they want," Ammon Bundy told reporters outside of MCSO headquarters.

"He said if we need his help to call him as needed," Ammon Bundy said of Arpaio.

"My mission here for meeting them was really to protect them," Arpaio said after the meeting.

While the sheriff pledged to keep the newly high-profile family safe if any security concerns or threats come up, he would not speculate on his reaction to a similar situation in his jurisdiction.

"I can't give a prediction what I would do if that situation occurred in Maricopa County," Arpaio said. "I don't know what's going on up there. I'm not going to second-guess the sheriff up there. That's his problem, not mine."

Ammon Bundy said he would also like to meet with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.