More Than a Dozen Arrested As Protests Turn Violent Outside California Trump Rally
Hundreds of protesters -- some waving Mexican flags -- took to the streets of Costa Mesa, California outside a Donald Trump rally on Thursday night, bringing traffic to a standstill.
Police said some 20 arrests were made as the demonstration turned violent later in the night. Officers on horseback and wearing riot gear tried to bring the protesters under control.
Trump supporters found themselves stuck in the melee as they tried to leave the Pacific Amphitheater.
According to the Associated Press, “one Trump supporter had his face bloodied in a scuffle as he tried to drive out of the arena.”
One man jumped on a cop car leaving the hood and windshield smashed, according to AP. It has also been reported that protesters vandalized a cop car and the amphitheater’s marquee with graffiti.
After the night came to an end, the sheriff’s office tweeted:
#OCSDPIO Post Trump Rally Protest over. Approx 20 arrests by Costa Mesa PD. No major injuries. Crowd dispersed by 11pm. No further updates— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) April 29, 2016
Inside the venue, Trump's speech was uninterrupted.
He is in California ahead of the state’s June 7 primary.