Police fire pepper spray to disperse protesters outside Trump rally in Phoenix




  • In US
  • 2017-08-23 06:05:27Z
  • By Reuters

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Police fired pepper spray to disperse protesters outside a rally by U.S. President Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday after being pelted with rocks and bottles, police said.

Police have not given an estimate of the number of protesters, but Arizona media said there were several thousand.

"People in the crowd have begun throwing rocks and bottles at police," Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Jonathan Howard said.

"Police have responded with pepper balls and OC (oleoresin capsicum) spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd and stop the assaults," he said.

Four people were arrested during the protest, three on assault charges, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said during a news conference.

Police called on the crowds to disperse. Many of the protesters quit the scene, while dozens of police in riot gear and carrying shields sought to clear remaining protesters from the downtown area.

A Reuters witness saw at least one person sat on a sidewalk, in handcuffs.



(Reporting by Davic Schwartz and Keith Coffman; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Paul Tait & Simon Cameron-Moore)

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  • Rattlerjake
    (2017-08-23 15:08:25Z)

    Our country has lost it's mind! These Godless fools do not eve realize that they are the fulfillment of Biblical prophesy - which says, " Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

    Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

    Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

    Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

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  • Arthur Meisnere
    (2017-08-23 17:34:46Z)

    Trump has zero tact, a 5 year old has more compassion then anyone with the last name is Trump..

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