Senate to protesters: Stop traffic, spend six months in jail

Protesters block a street leading into Phoenix, Ariz., where Donald Trump was set to hold a campaign rally on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Protesters block a street leading into Phoenix, Ariz., where Donald Trump was set to hold a campaign rally on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

 

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times

Upset with protesters who tried to block a Donald Trump rally last month in Fountain Hills, Republican state senators voted Thursday to allow judges to impose six-month jail terms on those who stop traffic headed to political rallies.

Sen. John Kavanagh, who lives in the community and whose wife is the mayor, acknowledged it’s already a Class 3 misdemeanor to block traffic.

But he said the maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine might be appropriate for someone “being rowdy on Mill Avenue (in Tempe) and blocking a car.”

What was happening here, Kavanagh said, is people were prevented from going to the event. And he said the intent was even to keep Trump himself from showing up.

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