20 arrested in California pro and anti-Trump rallies

Faith Castro
April 20, 2017

CNN reported at least 12 people have already been arrested.

The protest of roughly 200 people began Saturday morning in the city's Martin Luther King Jr.

By 2:00 p.m., the crowd spread out but traffic around the area was still blocked. More than a dozen people were arrested after fistfights broke out at a park where supporters and opponents of President Trump had gathered. Some of those arrested face charges related to assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Around 250 police officers were deployed to the scene and in the end 21 people were arrested and 11 were injured, including one stabbing victim. Seven people were transported to nearby hospitals.

More than 150 protest rallies and marches were held throughout the country in major cities, such as Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, and Philadelphia. It's unclear what triggered his arrest Saturday.

In a video making rounds on the internet, a man is seen lunging at and punching a woman in dreadlocks who, because of the suddenness of the attack, has no chance to react. "There have also been numerous reports of pepper spray being used in the crowd", Berkeley police said in a statement. "Fascist USA! Drive out Trump-Pence regime!" and "Fascist scum your time is done".

The two sides assembled around 10 a.m at Martin Luther King Civic Center Park.

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The rally followed March 4 demonstrations at the same park planned by some of the same groups and that ended in violent clashes. Soon the warning extended to include Shattuck Avenue and Center streets.

"Organizers have promoted Saturday's gathering as a follow-up to an unpermitted March 4 demonstration, when numerous people were hurt due to violence", the city's announcement says.

"We must become like them", she said referring to her opponents, "subversive".

In order to prevent a bloody riot, city leaders had announced that pipes, bats, bricks, rocks, glass bottles, shields, pepper spray, sticks, and other potentially risky items were not allowed at the park during the rallies.

Condolences are pouring in for retired National Football League player Todd Heap and his family after police say the former Pro Bowl tight end accidentally ran over his 3-year-old daughter with a truck, killing her.

Officials say officers have confiscated knives, flagpoles, helmets and sticks with signs on them among other things that were being used as weapons.

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