FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (KSAZ)
A valley businessman was on his way to pastor at a church in Fountain Hills yesterday morning when he got caught up in the anti-Trump demonstration on Shea Boulevard.
A group of protestors were blocking traffic and three of those protestors were arrested.
The protest garnered national attention and images of the roadblocks were shown on several media outlets across the country.
The businessman was driving his work truck at the time and his work number was shown on media outlets across the country.
The man came to us because he’s been getting hate calls ever since.
Luke Johnson is a pastor at First Baptist Church of Fountain Hills. He was on his way to church Saturday morning when he got stuck in the blockade set up by protestors on Shea Boulevard.
The protestors were trying to disrupt Donald Trump supporters from getting to the campaign rally at Fountain Park.
“I couldn’t get to my choir practice at church and that’s all I wanted to do,” Johnson said.
He ended up parked on Shea Boulevard for more than an hour, while deputies and troopers cleared the roadblock.
As the protest wore on, national news outlets broadcasted images of the chaos and Johnson's truck and business number hit the air.
“It appeared I was with the protest and that’s when I got the hate mail and call after call...saying they want to find my business and hunt me down and destroy my business,” said Johnson.
Johnson took this video while in the midst of the protest...
Instead of rehearsing for his church's Easter celebration, he was stuck listening to the chants of demonstrators and on the receiving end of angry political rants.
Now, he just wants the hate calls to stop.
“This seems to be one of the most elections I’ve ever seen…I was caught in the middle,” Johnson said. “I didn’t have any part on either side and yet there was so much hatred going on in all of this...it would be nice if people can learn from this and instead of spreading hatred, maybe love.”
Deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people who were involved in the non-violent demonstration.