A woman was thrown to the ground by a security officer for approaching Senator John McCain with an anti-war sign and shouting slogans after a debate on Sunday night.


The woman was among a group of protesters who gathered outside of the Phoenix television station where the debate for the Senate seat for Arizona was taking place.

"Their three specific complaints all pertained to the same thing -- the Dream Act, the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and funding for the war in Afghanistan," reports Fox10 News. "The group joined in unison to blame McCain for leading an effective filibuster against passing the bill that would address all three of these issues."

The local news station NECN/KTVK captured video of the incident.

As she approached McCain, the woman shouted, "John McCain has to go."

Within moments, a security guard swiftly pushed her back and tossed her onto the ground, where she continued to shout her slogan.

"This is how peace activists get treated," she said after getting back up. "And the war monger John McCain gets to walk out."

Another protester claims to have been hit by McCain's car as it was leaving the parking lot.

"While backing up, the car hit one of the protesters, Luisa Valdez. Valdez, a disabled veteran, was pushed several inches by the car, which then sped off out of the parking lot," according to the blog LezGetReal.

This video is from NECN, broadcast Sept. 27, 2010.

Below is video of Luisa Valdez recounting her experience.