LOS ANGELES, California – A rally in Tujunga, California, turned violent when protesters supporting US President Donald Trump clashed with another group of people protesting against him.
The incident occurred this Friday around 3:00 pm when the Los Angeles Police (LAPD) officers of the Foothill Division responded to the area of Lowell Avenue and Foothill Blvd to “disperse a large crowd composed of supporters and against President Trump’s protesters, ” the LAPD reported.
According to the statement, “while Trump supporters were demonstrating on the sidewalk, approximately 200 counter-protesters arrived and both groups began to clash with each other.”
During this altercation, “a counter-protester struck a Trump supporter with a pipe,” according to the LAPD. The event began to become more violent as law enforcement officers tried to arrest the suspect for an assault when a second counter-protester “began to interfere with the officers to prevent them from making the arrest.”
In the end, both suspects were arrested. The suspects have not yet been identified.
The assembly was declared illegal and both groups were asked to leave the area. However, “the protesters began to throw objects at the officers who were trying to clear the area,” with the use of less-lethal objects.
Around 6:00 pm, both groups had left the scene.
The LAPD said in a statement that it will continue to provide the necessary resources to guarantee the safe and peaceful expression of opinions, but that it will take stronger action when these protests turn violent.