Flagstaff Police Force Feather Clean-Up at Downtown Pillow Fight

Feathers fly into the air as the pillow fight in Heritage Square begins. (Photo: Kyle Anderson/NAZ Today)

Feathers fly into the air as the pillow fight in Heritage Square begins. (Photo: Kyle Anderson/NAZ Today)

FLAGSTAFF (NAZ Today) – An independently advertised pillow fight turned protest took place at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. About 40 people participated.

The fight began as soon as a small group of people with a shopping cart modified with a loud stereo system, spray-painted cardboard and black flags arrived. Feathers exploded into the air several minutes into the fight, and Flagstaff police responded to a call to the scene moments later.

Soon after, Aaron Levy, a tall man wearing a black wig, stood on a bench and spoke for several minutes with a bullhorn, promoting anarchy and the support of RNC8, a group of Minneapolis-St. Paul residents who are facing felony conspiracy and terrorism charges for organizing against the 2008 Republican National Convention. Participants also wrote peace messages and symbols on the ground in chalk.

Police questioned Levy regarding the nature of the protest and how he was going to address the mess of feathers which had started to spread onto Aspen Ave. A total of four officers reported before the protest ended.

The protest had no organization sponsorship, and by the end of the fight, feathers still littered the south side of Heritage Square. Levy promised police he would organize the cleaning up of the feathers.

Charges of disorderly conduct are possible.

Additional photos:

Aaron Levy speaks   from atop a bench after the fight.

Aaron Levy speaks from atop a bench after the fight.

A cart (right) equipped with a stereo plays loud music as participants fight.

A cart (right) equipped with a stereo plays loud music as participants fight.

Two participants unroll a political banner against a flower bed at Heritage Square.

Two participants unroll a political banner against a flower bed at Heritage Square.

Aaron Levy speaks atop a bench while two black flags are waved.

Aaron Levy speaks atop a bench while two black flags are waved.

The two police officers who first reported to the scene question Levy.

The two police officers who first reported to the scene question Levy.

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I'm a media and IT professional and JavaScript developer who worked most recently as an Associate Broadcast IT Engineer (Tier II) for CNN in Atlanta. One of my life-long goals is to help bridge data divides - missing connections between software systems and data stores - promoting inter-system communication and automation. Many of the projects described here reflect this goal in some way or another.