An anti-Islam rally in Phoenix on Friday will feature a Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest.
The scheduled location is outside the Islamic Community Center in north Phoenix.
The gathering comes less than a month after a similar event in Texas sparked gunfire that left two gunmen, both from Phoenix, dead. …
The organizer of Friday’s event said he had to do “something” because he does not want Islam spreading in the U.S.
“We’re just out utilizing our First Amendment,” organizer Jon Ritzheimer said. …
Phoenix police released a statement Thursday, saying officers are aware of the event and are “working together [with other departments] to help ensure a safe event.”
Dealing with this type of activity is a challenge that is facing law enforcement across the country. Dealing with groups of protesters and opposing views is not the difficult part. Our goal and the real challenge are trying to anticipate unlawful activities that might occur in conjunction with these events.
Phoenix police said they would have officers at the event, but would not provide other specifics regarding security measures.