3 Arrests, 5 Officers Hurt in Clash Between Pro and Anti Trump Protesters


Three arrests were made during Saturday's clash between groups in support of President Trump and against him that happened in Pacific Beach.

On Monday, a San Diego Police spokesman told KOGO News the three arrests included two adults who were being charged withfailing to disperse and one juvenile who was arrested for assaulting an officer.  Five police officers sustained minor injuries which did not require medical attention and one business was vandalized when someone broke the front window (Sketchers shoe store).

The two protests began near the entrance to the Crystal Pier 1 p.m. Police declared an unlawful assembly about 2:30pm ordering people to leave the area and by 3:40 p.m. crowds from both sides began to disperse. At least three people were taken into custody for refusal to disperse, according to NBC 7. San Diego PD said Sunday it would release the total number of those arrested during the incident on Monday.

About 100 Trump supporters and 100 counter-protesters clashed at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Hornblend Street until a growing number of police officers on foot and on bikes arrived to separate them. After incidents of ``violence,'' -- including thrown bottles, rocks and eggs -- were directed at officers, and police then declared the demonstration an unlawful assembly,

"Please clear the area and head away from the scene,'' police said from a helicopter loudspeaker. ``Those who remain or return against this lawful order may be cited/arrested and risk exposure to chemical agents and less- lethal force applications.''

In a video posted online, a group of black-clad protesters, one displaying an ``antifascist action'' banner, could be heard chanting ``racists go home.'' Police reportedly fired pepper balls at some in the crowd, but they did not report any arrests or injuries.

(Photo reporting partner 10News)