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Three charged after pro-Trump, counter-protesters clash in Pacific Beach

Pro-Trump, counter-protesters clash in Pacific Beach
Posted at 6:56 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 21:58:41-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Three people have been charged after pro-Trump protesters and counter-demonstrators clashed in Pacific Beach Saturday.

According to the San Diego Police Department, two adults were charged with failing to disperse and one juvenile was charged with assaulting a police officer.

In total, police say five officers were assaulted, resulting in “slight injuries.” A window to a business was also smashed, according to police.

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“The department supports our community exercising its right to be heard and we will always facilitate peaceful protests. However, SDPD will not tolerate violent criminal behavior and will take appropriate actions to stop any violent acts during demonstrations,” the department said.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria also released a statement following the rally. Read the full statement below:

This past weekend, we saw violent confrontations and destruction following the outrageous events last Wednesday in Washington, D.C., when the President used lies and disinformation to incite his followers to storm and ransack the Capitol, causing the deaths of five people.

Violence will not be tolerated in San Diego. There will be consequences for those who bring that kind of behavior to our city. I am asking for the public’s help in identifying anyone who was seen committing acts of violence in Pacific Beach. Please report those incidents and individuals to the San Diego Police Department as soon as possible.

The City of San Diego will always support the people’s right to demonstrate and voice their opinions, while taking measures to keep the peace and prevent violence. However, I want to remind San Diegans that COVID-19 continues to kill thousands of Americans every day, and the smartest thing all of us can do right now is stay home.