As lawmakers huddled in a basement, police fired tear gas through the windows of the Arizona Capitol building to disperse hundreds of demonstrators outside.
As thousands of protesters gathered on the Capitol grounds in Phoenix on Friday night, divided into groups condemning and supporting the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, lawmakers were working to complete their 2022 session.
The Department of Public Safety’s SWAT team fired tear gas from the building to disperse the protesters. According to KPHO-TV, the officers opened fire after several anti-abortion protesters began banging on the building’s glass doors.
It was not immediately clear whether there were any injuries or arrests.
According to Democratic Sen. Martin Quezada, the incident forced Senate lawmakers to retreat to the building’s basement for about 20 minutes. Following that, stinging tear gas wafted through the Capitol, forcing the Senate to move its proceedings to a hearing room rather than the Senate chamber.
Thousands of outspoken protesters took to the streets across the country on Friday to oppose the repeal of Roe v. Wade. The majority carried signs, chanted slogans, and sat through speeches.