PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement:
"I want to compliment our law enforcement officers on their professional and valiant work the last two nights in protecting public safety and defusing the situations in downtown Phoenix and Tucson.
"In the state of Arizona, we will always respect the First Amendment rights of citizens to peacefully assemble and make their voices heard. We will not, however, tolerate rioting, looting, violence, destruction of property or any behavior that endangers the safety or rights of other individuals.
"It's important that elected leaders at all levels make this very clear. Here, we will enforce the rule of law. Department of Public Safety Colonel Heston Silbert is coordinating closely with law enforcement leaders across the state to ensure this remains a priority tonight and beyond.
"I've personally reached out this morning to Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to offer the full support of the state and assure them that we've got their backs."