California police seek more suspects after violent rallies
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 19:02
As a result of the protests, which spread from the park to the streets, Berkeley's downtown BART station has been closed down.
As fist fights broke out between the two sides and people threw bottles and cans over a barricade separating them, police resorted to using to an explosive device at one point in a bid to restore order.
Eleven people were injured, with seven transported to the hospital in unknown condition, Berkeley Police spokesman Byron White told CNN. Dozens of police officers in riot gear were standing nearby and quickly arrested one man. Others were arrested as several fistfights broke out.
A pro-Trump group had scheduled a rally at Martin Luther King Jr.
A Trump supporter bleeds after being hit by a counter protester during the Patriots Day Free Speech Rally in Berkeley, California, U.S. April 15, 2017.
Civic Center Park at noon that would feature speeches by members of the alt-right. Some of the demonstrators sang songs in front of the store, then entered the establishment with their demand: hi tech firms, stop donating to the Republican party now!
After the barrier was put back in place, demonstrators shouted at each other from a distance, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Daryl Tempesta, 52, who said he served in the US Air Force near the end of the Cold War, went to the rally to show his support for Trump.
A Reuters journalist at the scene described seeing several people with bloodied faces and minor injuries.
Though, authorities had prior to the event announced the banning of any lethal weapon like baseball bats, sticks, flagpoles; Officers were forced to intervene to confiscate a number of sticks, knives, flagpoles, helmets and sticks with signs on them.
The rally followed March 4 demonstrations at the same park planned by some of the same groups and that ended in violent clashes.
Police on Monday released the names of 19 adults arrested during the demonstrations.