PHOENIX - Police have arrested several members of Occupy Phoenix who moved to Westin Kierland Resort Wednesday morning to protest the American Legislative Exchange Summit.
ALEC is a yearly summit which allows state legislators, from all 50 states, to meet with private sector representatives, industry leaders, and experts.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump confirmed seven arrests for various charges, including obstructing government operations, criminal damage and assaulting an officer, were made at the demonstration.
According to Crump, several anarchists joined the movement and crowds tried to push their way through the police line on the resort property.
Officers used pepper spray on the aggressive participants, which was effective in stopping their actions, Crump said.
However, some protesters questioned why there were targeted.
"I stood there with a peace sign and police officers armed with chemical weapons sprayed me twice," said Yuvan Ramirez, a protester who said he was hit with pepper spray.
Crump said officers only sprayed aggressive protesters.
"I've heard reports it's from everything from blocking the street to being here protesting and obviously those are incorrect. Pepper spray was used when the few people in the crowd became aggressive towards the officers," said Crump.
Several issues are set to be discussed at the ALEC summit, including job creation, healthcare, education, energy, and fiscal responsibility.
Occupy Phoenix members say the summit is an example of how corporations influence government policies.
Occupy Phoenix organizers tell ABC15 the demonstration will allow them to get their message to legislators and raise awareness in the community.
Alex Soto, an Occupy Phoenix volunteer, says legislators should focus on the 99 percent and not corporations. "We are the 99 percent," is the movement's slogan which references economic inequality.
For more than one month, demonstrators have occupied Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix.
Roughly a dozen protesters were at the site Tuesday.
Although numbers have dwindled in recent weeks, Occupy Phoenix says support is still strong nationally.
Occupy Phoenix is part of a national movement with a goal to stop corporate greed and economic inequality.
According to its website, ALEC is a non-profit association which promotes free markets and limited government. Agenda notes can be found on its website.
To view a live feed from Occupy Phoenix, visit the live stream website.
Copyright 2011 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Did You Hear?
Jacqueline Simpson, 52, is suing the restaurant chain over a piece of glass she bit into while eating a chicken sandwich.
A man who was trying to protect his wife from a home run ball got a face full of beer for his effort.
Jim Heston, an American guesthouse operator in Cambodia, has lived a life in denim and has the photos to prove it. There were the dungarees he wore as a little boy, the dark bell-bottoms he had on for a hike up Japan's Mount Fuji, and the Levis straight-leg 501 jeans he's stayed with for the past 36 years.
More Scottsdale News
Police are investigating after a man tried to abduct a 19-year-old woman in Scottsdale Tuesday night.