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UPDATE: Kathy Griffin gives Tucson woman from protest video tickets to show

Comedienne Kathy Griffin is looking for this woman, who was in a viral video of the clash between protesters and police in downtown Tucson. (Source: Tucson News Now) Comedienne Kathy Griffin is looking for this woman, who was in a viral video of the clash between protesters and police in downtown Tucson. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Comedienne Kathy Griffin has connected with Fritzi Redgrave, the Tucson woman who was pushed to the ground by a police officer during a recent protest in downtown Tucson.

Griffin, who is doing a comedy show Saturday at the Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarita, saw a viral video of the incident and wanted to give Redgrave free tickets.

The body camera video, first obtained by Tucson News Now, shows Redgrave being pushed to the ground by an officer. Raw video from the encounter can be seen HERE.

In a Facebook post, Griffin asked for help finding Redgrave.

"I would love to give her tickets to my Tucson-area show as my guest," Griffin wrote. "She deserves a night of laughter!"

Tucson News Now has discovered Redgrave will be attending Griffin's show as a special guest.

"She said 'I want you to come an hour early and I want you to be my bodyguard,'" Fritzi told Tucson News Now in an exclusive interview. "She said 'I’m going to use you as a bodyguard. I’m going to hold you out there like a human shield.'"

When asked why Griffin wanted her as a bodyguard Redgrave said "(I guess it was because) I’m so ferocious looking (in the video)."

According to Redgrave, Griffin is giving all the protesters from that day free tickets.

The video of the Feb. 16 clash has gone viral and been picked up by national news outlets, like the Washington Post.

The protest started off peaceful with participants standing on the sidewalk. Organizers said about 100 people took part in the event.

But some of the protesters began blocking the road and TPD officers tried to get them back on the sidewalks.

In the videos, officers are heard telling the protesters to get off the road multiple times.

The TPD said an officer was hit in the back by someone in the crowd and when officers tried to arrest that person, the crowd moved in and an officer used pepper spray to disperse them.

The protesters said they were trying to follow the officer’s commands but said things turned violent within seconds.

Some of the protesters claim the body cam videos, which can be viewed HERE and HERE, show TPD officers using excessive force.

Protesters David Leon, Joan Cichon, Tanya Alvarez-Blancarte and Najima Rainey were arrested during the incident. Leon, Cichon and Alvarez-Blancarte are facing felony aggravated assault of a peace officer charges while Rainey was charged with a misdemeanor (obstructing and failure to identify).

Three TPD officers received minor injuries during the protest.

As of Monday, Feb. 27, an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards was ongoing and no no officers have been placed on leave.

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