The Los Angeles Police Department declared two separate unlawful assemblies downtown on Wednesday afternoon as President Donald J. Trump’s backers clashed with counter-protesters near City Hall.
According to an L.A. Times journalist on the scene, “repeated fights” had broken out as a rally in support of the president was winding down. LAPD confirmed at least four arrests.
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A pro-Trump demonstrator who declined to identify himself told the Times reporter that the group had assembled in solidarity with the “Save America” demonstration in Washington, D.C., earlier in the day, which ended with some attendees storming the United States Capitol building.
“We love Trump, and we love our country,” he said.
According to City News Service, organizers of the “Freedom Protest” in L.A. said 15 “patriotic organizations” co-sponsored the event