Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for dubiously legal immigration raids, was at Arizona State University for a public "Meet-the-Press" style interview at the journalism school. But Arpaio left early when student protesters burst into song.
Arpaio was asked by a panel of journalists Monday night to explain his relationship with the media, his various law enforcement policies and whether his office conducts racial profiling.
He told the panel that his office is an "equal opportunity law enforcement agency" that will arrest anyone who violates the law.
Later in the interview at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, protesters began loudly singing a parody of "Bohemian Rhapsody" called "Immigration Rhapsody" and chanting as Arpaio was asked about a federal investigation and his policies on illegal immigration.
The sheriff told the panel the outburst was "ridiculous" and he left the stage.
ASU journalism school dean Christopher Callahan later called the protest misplaced.