Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 8:44 am
Man with gun arrested while protesting Mesa Police on streetcornerBy Michelle Reese, TribuneEast Valley Tribune
A man protesting law enforcement in Mesa was found to be in possession of a loaded gun when arrested early Wednesday morning for disorderly conduct.
Mesa Police said Jeremy Wiseman, 36, had been on the corner of Alma School Road and University Drive for several hours holding a sign that read “Stop the harassment Mesa Police,” along with a phone number reported to be his own. Police say Wiseman started yelling obscenities at officers who were called to the scene when a bicyclist said the suspect harassed him.
Up until the call from the bicyclist, which police received about 3 a.m., police had not contacted him because he was exercising his First Amendment rights, according to a press released by Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato.
Upon responding to the call, police said, Wiseman started screaming at them.
In an audio released by Mesa Police, a man is heard screaming “Stop Mesa Police harassment.” An officer responds, “I need to talk to you.” A moment later another officer is heard saying, “He’s got a gun,” and two officers start ordering the suspect to the ground.
Police first noticed the butt of the gun holding up the sign and ordered Wiseman to put the gun and the sign down. When he did not, two officers used a stun gun to subdue him and take him into custody, according to the police press release.
During an interview after he was booked into the Mesa City Jail, Wiseman said he had the gun to protect himself from Mesa Police.
According to the release, he then made threats saying the officer talking to him, “was stirring up a hornets nest” and Wiseman made a reference to former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner and his manifesto against police. Dorner is believed to have killed multiple police officers and civilians in California this week, leading to a multi-state manhunt.
Before the interview was over, police said Wiseman stated he would bond out and take care of “the problem.”
He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and threats.