From the Arizona Republic: Police: No incidents reported as crowd awaits Obama in Phoenix
Police are reporting no arrests or calls for medical assistance
by John Faherty - Aug. 17, 2009 09:55 AM
The Arizona Republic
One sight was perhaps a little un-nerving to those in charge of making sure everybody remains on their best behavior.
A man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder.
"Because I can do it," he said when asked why he was armed. "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms."
Two police officers were staying very close to the man.
"What he is doing is perfectly legal," Detective J. Oliver, of the Phoenix police department said. "We are here to keep the peace. If we need to intervene, we will intervene at that time."