Members of a “Patriot” group in Arizona, Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ), have engaged in a series of increasingly confrontational, armed protests in public spaces in Arizona. PMAZ is “a grassroots organization” of “Constitutional Activists who believe [they] must defend American values against the progressive Leftist and Globalist Agenda.”
The most recent PMAZ protest occurred on January 5, 2019 when armed members trespassed onto private property at the Alfa y Omega Discipulos de Cristo Iglesia (Alpha and Omega Disciples of Christ Church) in Phoenix. A PMAZ member with a cowboy hat and a loaded handgun on his hip bragged on video that he “busted right through the door” of the church. PMAZ members were protesting the church because it provides shelter to homeless Central American families seeking asylum. The refugees are dropped off at the church by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents so they can get connected with family members (or some other official sponsor) while their claims are being processed. Phoenix Police showed up quickly in response to 911 calls, but refused to arrest any PMAZ members despite the trespassing offense.
Alfa y Omega is just one of the churches in the Phoenix area accepting migrants that PMAZ members have protested at. Additionally, in March 2018 two women with PMAZ were arrested for burglary at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe. While stealing mosque property, they used racist slurs to attack people at the center. On another occasion, armed members of the group congregated outside the State Capitol Building in Phoenix, where they shouted “illegal” and “go home” at dark-skinned legislative staffers, lawmakers and tourists. Arizona State Capitol Police refused to make arrests or even intervene!
Please contact the Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Colonel Frank Milstead, and Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams through one of the channels below and give them the following message, personalized to your liking:
I am very concerned about the armed and confrontational protests being conducted by members of the group Patriot Movement AZ in public spaces including government buildings and places of worship. I think we are very close to seeing a terrible tragedy happen unless law enforcement sends a message that aggressive, armed, law-breaking behavior will not be tolerated. A PMAZ member “bust[ing] right through the door” of Alpha and Omega Disciples of Christ Church in Phoenix is just the latest in a string of incidents in which armed PMAZ members have agitated on others’ private property while being largely left alone by law enforcement. This is very concerning to me. I want to see your department taking a much tougher stance with these radicals. There should never be a time when an armed PMAZ member is allowed to step onto private property and intimidate someone. That’s not how democracy works, and it sure as hell ain’t how law & order works. In the future, when you see PMAZ members violating trespassing laws and other criminal statutes, arrest them and send a message that Arizona does not tolerate thugs intimidating its free citizens. Thank you.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams
Phone: (602) 262-7626
Once you have contacted director Milstead and chief Williams, fill out the three fields below and click the orange banner to report taking action!