Friends, thank you for your prayers, thoughts, and well-wishes. It has been a difficult two days.
Just so you all know what happened to me:
I was arrested by the Phoenix Police Department at 11:29am on Thursday, July 29th. I, along with over thirty others, were detained by the county sheriff’s department, headed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, for nearly 24 hours before being allowed to see a judge. This included spending the night in jail. On account of being part of a religious movement, as well as a member of the clergy, I was released on my own recognizance, with no bail necessary. However, the case has yet to be closed, and I must be careful of what details I reveal here before the case goes to court in late August.
Our belongings were returned to us, and we saw the sun again at 1:30pm on Friday, July 30th. For a Class 3 Misdemeanor—the most minor offense a person can be charged with that isn’t petty—we were detained and imprisoned for 26 hours in inhumane and brutal conditions.
I will write more when I have gotten my first sleep since before the 4:30am vigil two mornings ago.
Much love to all of you.