A group of anti-Trump demonstrators used gas canisters, rocks and bottles to assault police Tuesday night and create havoc at what officials said was a mostly peaceful protest in Phoenix.
“A very small number of individuals chose criminal conduct,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams told reporters late Tuesday.
The individuals broke down fencing and “at one point dispersed gas into and at the police officers,” Williams said. “They had their own gas they threw at police, not our gas.”
Local Phoenix officers dressed in riot gear finally had to disperse PepperBalls and tear gas at the crowds. “Officers were forced then at that time to really protect themselves, to protect the community, to protect property and they did so successfully and professionally, ” Williams said.
Four people were arrested in connection with the protest, and two of those were charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.