Yuma, Ariz. – On Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 President Donald Trump arrived in Yuma, Ariz. The Air Force 1 landed at Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma shortly before 2 p.m. and flew off to Phoenix around 3:00 p.m.
More than one thousand Yuma-area citizens lined streets and parking areas near MCAS-Yuma to watch President Trump’s arrival and departure. The main areas affected were 32nd Street, between Avenue 2 ½ E and Avenue 3E, and Pico Avenue near 40th Street.
The Yuma Police Department (YPD) had officers roving the areas and many on standby to ensure the safety of all individuals during this event. YPD reports only one incident that resulted in one person being cited and released.
There were a few heat related issues and the Yuma Fire Department provided medical assistance to those individuals in a timely manner. There were a few times our officers had to remind some who gathered to back up away from the roadway for their safety, however the public did so without hesitation. Several of YPD's roving officers said they were thanked for their service and for being there to keep our community safe.
On behalf of the Yuma Police Department, we would like to extend our appreciation to the Yuma community and all those citizens who gathered for this event for their cooperation, and peaceful display of their right to free speech. Chief John Lekan added, “Even though different political viewpoints were present, the Yuma community once again adhered to a model of expressing their opinions and views in a non-violent and respectful manner….. we thank you.”