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2/17/2010 6:00:00 AM
1 arrested in protest of county's 'policy'
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Mervin Fried speaks to a crowd Tuesday as Luca Zanna records the protest against recent county actions. Fried was later arrested for misdemeanor trespassing when he attempted to enter the County Administration Building with the pitchfork slung over his shoulder. He was later released on bond.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner Mervin Fried speaks to a crowd Tuesday as Luca Zanna records the protest against recent county actions. Fried was later arrested for misdemeanor trespassing when he attempted to enter the County Administration Building with the pitchfork slung over his shoulder. He was later released on bond.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - With signs, flags and flyers in hand, a group of 50 Mohave County residents Tuesday expressed their disapproval of a county policy that prevents politicking at the County Administration Building.

The group gathered around noon in front of the County Administration Building, about an hour before the Board of Supervisors met, in support of Golden Valley resident Luca Zanna.

During a November town hall meeting held by Sen. John McCain, Zanna was asked by Supervisor Buster Johnson to stop passing out flyers containing information about McCain's voting record.

Zanna, a member of the Mohave County Minutemen, has asked the county to apologize for infringing on his First Amendment rights and admit that there is no law that prevents the public from passing out political information on public property.

"I'm part of the Tea Party movement," said resident Randy Cone when asked why he attended the rally. "We can't take the country back from the corrupt politicians if we don't take the county back first."

"This is an insult to us," Zanna said at the rally, referring to the county's policy and statements made by Board Chairman Tom Sockwell and County Manager Ron Walker. "They work for us."

Sockwell and Walker have both written letters to the editor to explain the county's policy. Zanna feels that both letters were insulting, discriminated against him and his wife and put his family in danger by insinuating that he might be a terrorist.

Later, Zanna reminded the crowd that he would soon start collecting signatures for his effort to recall Sockwell. He needs to collect more than 3,700 signatures in order to place the recall on the ballot. Zanna said he was willing to pay $1 for every valid signature. Only signatures from registered voters in Sockwell's district would be considered valid for the recall petition.

"We have the option to come together and do something about this. We have to do this," said Bridget Langston, Zanna's wife. "They can't call us 'fringe lunatics' and get away with it."

"Walker is the biggest problem," Zanna said. How could a county official, someone hired to serve the public, attack and try to intimidate a law-abiding taxpayer? he asked. "We're not afraid!" Zanna shouted at the building.

"The founding fathers would have been proud of you people coming out in support of our founding documents," resident Mervin Fried told the crowd.

Fried, who was carrying a pitchfork slung over his shoulder, was later arrested for misdemeanor trespassing when he attempted to enter the Administration Building with the farming implement.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Fried was allegedly told twice, at least once by Walker, that he could attend the Board meeting but would have to leave the pitchfork outside. Fried allegedly walked into the building anyway and a deputy arrested him. Fried was later released on bond.

According to MCSO and county officials, residents are allowed to carry guns into the County Administration Building as long as they are holstered.

Several other people spoke out in favor of Zanna's push against the county at the rally.

"The policy still needs to be enforced. There are plenty of other places for people to carry on demonstrations, pass out flyers and speak their opinions," said Walker after the rally.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Negativity

While I don't disagree with the flyers at the McCain gathering, I do think better judgement could have been exercised in this whole situation. And for God's sake, stop using the whole "Good Ole Boys and Local Mafia" references for an excuse to not get your name on the ballot. And before the accusations start flying, I have lived in Kingman for over 30 years, longer than most of you posting here. Both sides just used poor judgement, that can be repaired.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Kelly McGuiness

Hey no names. You don't exist. Your words mean nothing. Keep hiding your name; one day you no names shall see the light shine on you.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: No name provided

@ juot.net --

"...all I saw were these fat, dirtleg women..."

Those were the county supervisors and their manager. The protesters were on the other side -- the nice looking folks with American flags.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

Hey "Me." you shoot off your mouth with no name. The pitchfork was a prop, that's all. He was arrested for trespassing, not the pitchfork. What is your name?

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Mike Roundy

Iíve been reading these comments and amazed and disgusted by the blogger that respond with negative, misinformed and ignorant comments. America foundation was: Freedom and Personal responsibility. Rights are given by GOD, not by govt. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; so we have Bill Of Rights so try reading them. There have been over 700,000 Thousand America Service Members and Hundreds of Thousands of other Foreign Service Members that have DIED defending YOUR 1st Amendment, as once quoted ďI do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.Ē Voltaire

So donít try to marginalize it by your distorted beliefs, so if Iíve offended you, get use to it. Because our current Mohave County Government has already thrown the first stone and you choose to follow their RULE of LAW without investigating, Shame on You. Iím tried of being political correct. While afraid to list your names and hiding under the red, white and blue that affords you YOUR Freedoms. You sirs are no America; you are nothing but cowards.

Sincerely

Mike Roundy

Kingman, AZ

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: No name provided

Well one thing is for sure now.. These idiots have made a mockery out of Kingman! Wish you guys would quit giving our town a bad rep for the udder lunacy you have started. Buying votes???? Get a life would you. I have lived here 50 years now.. and I have never seen a bunch of idiots until you guys came to town. I love Kingman and I plan to stay but I wish you would go back from where you came from. This city needs progress and jobs, not idiots trying to smear the town and give it a bad name.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Randy

Walker and the unidentified deputy violated this law:

13-3102.01. Storage of deadly weapons; definitions

A. If an operator of a public establishment or a sponsor of a public event requests that a person carrying a deadly weapon remove the weapon, the operator or sponsor shall provide temporary and secure storage. The storage shall be readily accessible on entry into the establishment or event and allow for the immediate retrieval of the weapon on exit from the establishment or event.

B. This section does not apply to the licensed premises of any public establishment or public event with a license issued pursuant to title 4.

C. The operator of the establishment or the sponsor of the event or the employee of the operator or sponsor or the agent of the sponsor, including a public entity or public employee, is not liable for acts or omissions pursuant to this section unless the operator, sponsor, employee or agent intended to cause injury or was grossly negligent.

D. For the purposes of this section, "public establishment" and "public event" have the same meanings prescribed in section 13-3102.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Luca Zanna

Everybody can download my music for free at www.Zanna.US

Everybody is responsible for their own actions.

I am nobody's boss

Luca Zanna

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: V Stokes

Its amazing the people that just don't get the point. Of course none of them sign their names or have any real concept of the issue.

People would never drive farm tractors hundreds of miles to protest an injustice either, right? Oh wait...yes they did! 1979 in Washington, D.C...for those who wonder.

How does attending a PUBLIC meeting disrupt it...some people must be able to read minds. How could going in to the room and silently displaying an American flag or carrying a pitchfork over your shoulder disrupt proceedings? Is this what they intended..I really don't know...because they weren't ALLOWED in. And I can't read minds....

Many are losing sight of the entire issue. A taxpayer of the county was not allowed to do the exact same thing that members of the staff (non-residents of the county possibly?)of our elected Senator were doing. That's what has been reported and observed by numerous people. And then of course there is the misinterpretation and application of a law...either by error or design. And a simple "Sorry...we made a mistake..won't happen again. We'll clarify the rules and put them in writing"...would have resolved this whole issue months ago. Apparently those in charge just feel that is below their status.

Who's being juvenile and petty now?

btw...my wife and I both receive government checks..for our combined 44 yrs of military service....wanna tell me to get a job and pay taxes? We probably make more and pay more than many.

As to the pitchfork, I agree with John Matthews...it was probably symbolic in case he had to remove decaying fecal matter....sounds like there's a lot of it being slung around.

Sean F...please contact me at Gunguy45@Gmail.com if you see this....

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Donna

Zanna had every right to pass out those leaflets during McCain's campaign stop and the county supervisors should never have tried to stop him. It was a political campaign meeting, not a supervisor's meeting, and they had a peaceful and political purpose.

Most of the protesters at the meeting this week were standing up for OUR constitutional rights and I think it is great that they were able to take time off work to be there. I wish I could have!

As for the pitchfork guy and the teaparty people, the only thing I agree with them about is the need for change. But the lovely thing about our country is that we can all have our own opinion and speak freely about it. Except, apparently, in Mohave County when the supervisors are meeting outside our brand new publicly owned and paid for county building!

Guess who I won't be voting for this time around....

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: No name provided

Used to be when you had trouble with someone like this you could throw them in the drunk tank over night and let the deputies take turns beating them with a rubber radiator hose, but now a days you got your damn cameras everywhere....

The administration building has walls and glass specifically designed to drown out the noise from the close proximity train tracks, yelling at the building makes absolutely no sound what so ever inside.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: No name provided

Negatitvity said: "Why don't we ever see any complainers names on the ballot? They not bright enough to run for office?"

The truth is that most of the people I have spoken with about running for office are NOT CORRUPT ENOUGH to mix in with the existing mafia style politician of today!

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: No name provided

To KDM...

"disapproval of a county policy that prevents politicking at the County Administration Building"

Can you tell me what policy? I can't seem to find it.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: WES

To all of you brilliant minds, especially in county government, the pitchfork is symbolic, unfortunately, this is what our constitution has become also.The pitchfork was on a sling and once again with all the wisdom of Ron Walker, he had the sheriff arrest the man with the pitchfork. Why all the attention with the pitchfork anyway, even worse Mr. Walker now has a size limit of flags that can be carried into the building. Ron can make up laws faster than anybody I know. The problem is there is no law in writing backing up all the hot air coming out of his mouth. In case you didn't notice Ron, there was quite a bit of fire power in the room, but in all your wisdom you picked on the picthfork. At least you didn't pick on the second amendment! Maybe your afraid to try and eliminate more than one amendment at a time from the residents of Mohave County. Believe me, people are waking up to what is happening in Mohave County

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Freedom is not FREE

http://www.infowars.com/tyranny-in-mohave-county-arizona/

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: PIZZLE

Holstered guns are allowed, so one would assume a pitchfork slung accross the back falls into the same category. So long as he doesnt wield as a weapon. You cant use the arguement "He might"

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: mainstream

The headline should have read: "Protesters ruining their chance for mainstream support".

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: juot.net

I drove by yesterday and all I saw were these fat, dirtleg women and balding men with huge bellies. Only police should have weapons there, not troublemakers. Obama is trying to save this nation.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: ME... AGAIN

You know I jsut have to say you people are IDIOTS you know if you do not like it here go live somewhere else, you people are liveing here not becaseu you have to, so if you don't like it move, I am pretty sure no one will miss you. At all.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: P-Rod

I think some of you are missing the point here.

The bored of stupidvisors have compared Lucas' actions as being somewhat "terrorist" in nature.

Suppose, just suppose, it were true and Luca was involved with terrorist activity (forgive me Luca, I'm making a point) Good ol' boy Ron Walker allowed a man with a 9mm strapped to his hip with 2 extra magazines into their stupid meeting. This means that IF HE WERE A TERRORIST, he would have been able to get off at least 27 rounds at their meeting. And the guy with the pitchfork got arrested?

Not only that but I haven't heard one comment from any one of you about Ron Walker not allowing the protestor with the AMERICAN flag into their damned meeting.

I know some of you think that what is being done by Luca is extreme. I disagree.... the only way we are going to end the oppression on ANY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT, is to start fighting back.

By the way, I'm neither a nut or a radical.... I'm just pissed!

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: ME

You know I have to say you are all a bunch of IDIOTS get a life, get a job, get something for heaven sake. Who wants to come into a building with a pitch fork? Who does that? Who would want to do that? [Deleted]. You know if you think you are so smart then run for office and try to take the place of the person tha tyou do not like. Yeah that will show them. [Deleted]. What are you going to do come to the board meetings with your pitch fork?

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: Not so Naive

Why don't you get off your soapboxes and admit one thing, those people there that were denied entry had one purpose in mind. To disrupt a public meeting, don't be so naive as to kid yourself otherwise. I say kudos to enforcement to stop it. If those folks really wanted to be heard, they would not have had a problem dropping the items and going in.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: WES

The only problem that I see with the pitchfork is that it wasn,t in a holster, but I'm really trying to understand why law enforcement was so afraid of the pitchfork when there was so much other fire power in the room! If I were to get any wisdom from what happened, it would be that all pitchforks need to be holstered before entering a building, but then again with Ron Walker being involved in this decision to keep all pitchforks out that are not holstered, who knows what the true reason is! As it is with every decision that this county makes, and especially with Mr Walker, it never make any sense

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: azmac

By many of the comments I read many of the people have no clues to the laws or rights. I suggest many of you read our constitution and learn our history before you open your mouth and show your ignorance.

Over 40 million people out of 180 million of working age do not have jobs. 500 thousand a month losing jobs. 840 thousand last month. How long do you think this country can take this before it falls.

The fix is to go back to running this by the constitution as it was run for over 150 years. We were the greatest country in the world. Today we rank number 8, Hong Kong is now the number one free country in the world. The Chinese are taking over every thing. About time people wake up before we have no country left.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Article comment by: John Matthews

Was it a Tactical Pitchfork? You know they are Illegal in California don't you? He should have had it Holstered. Then it would have been in compliance.

Perhaps he brought it to clean up the manure inside?


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