As a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday in support of President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, at least two people were arrested in downtown Los Angeles amid a clash between protesters and police.
A crowd of around 200 gathered near Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, waving American flags and chanting, “Do your job,” as officers tried to control the crowd. Police declared an unlawful assembly of the gathering around 1 p.m.
One Trump supporter screamed at officers who escorted her off the steps of City Hall, yelling, “Remember there are thousands upon thousands of patriots willing to die for our freedoms. … You need to decide which side you’re on.”
Crowds significantly thinned to less than 100 around 1:30 p.m. as additional officers were dispatched to City Hall after Trump supporters and counterprotesters taunted one another and broke into repeated fights. Capt. Stacy Spell said there were no serious injuries, although images on social media showed some with blood on their faces and clothes.
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