Friday, April 29, 2016

Protest Turns Violent In California

Although I think Donald Trump is the worst thing to happen to politics in the history of America, I must admitt, he knows how to ignite people's passion. You either love with s passion him or hate  him with a passion. There's  really no straddling the fence or gray areas involved. Unfortunately when those who are Trump advocates and those who  are his opposition meet, the interaction can be volatile

In Costa Mesa, California Scores of protesters took to the streets Thursday night outside a Donald Trump campaign event, police officers in riot gear and on horseback immediately responded and sought to disperse the crowd.

The crowd gathered in the streets outside the OC Fair & Event Center as Trump addressed several thousand supporters at the Center's amphitheater. At least one police car was damaged and several scuffles broke out amid the hectic scene.

Protesters blocked a main intersection, impeding traffic, and officers with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Costa Mesa Police Department worked to disperse the crowd, ordering protesters out of the streets.

About 20 people were arrested, the Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted late Thursday night after the protests had cleared.

Lt. Mark Stichter, the Sheriff's Department's public information officer, could not provide an official estimate on the number of protesters, but demonstrators could be seen filling the intersection of Fairview Road and Fair Drive. 
Several scuffles broke out between Trump supporters who were leaving the rally and people in the streets who accused them of being racists. One Trump supporter was visibly bloodied after being punched in the face.
Several people damaged a police car, smashing its back window before jumping on it and kicking its doors. As a crowd formed around the car, police officers in tactical and riot gear moved into action, forming a perimeter around the crowd before forcing the demonstrators to move down the road.

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