Protestors say deputies didn't intervene fast enough at violent border wall rally

Posted at 5:58 PM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 21:18:32-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A rally comprised of supporters for President Donald Trump's border wall over the weekend quickly turned violent between protestors and supporters.

A review board will hear from both sides at the county administration building Tuesday.

The rally started with supporters voicing their support for construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Rep. Duncan Hunter and individuals known as "Angel Families" spoke. The San Diego Sheriff's Department said deputies were on hand to prevent any scuffles.

But as more people arrived - about 60 supporters and 20 counter-protestors at its peak - tensions grew and the two groups continued shouting at each other.

After a quick shove, a fight broke out and SDSO deputies came in just over one minute after the first punch was thrown.

No arrests were made, according to SDSO.

While heavily armored law enforcement was on scene, counter-protestors say it was too little too late.

While counter-protestors criticized the response, SDSO claimed it was "a generally peaceful assembly with minor disturbances between two groups" in a release following the event.