California Police Criticized For Response To Protest

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities were anticipating violence as a white nationalist group planned a demonstration at the California Capitol, and they brought in more than 100 officers to patrol the grounds.

But after 10 people were hurt Sunday, they faced criticism Monday about whether they were properly prepared or too slow to get involved when the demonstration quickly turned violent in a clash with a larger group of counter-protesters.

“It was basically a free-for-all,” said Cres Vellucci, an observer with the National Lawyers Guild. “I was just appalled that nothing seemed to be done.”

He said his group was there to watch for police overreaction, but in this case the opposite happened. The California Highway Patrol and Sacramento city police failed to separate about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party from about 300 counter-protesters who rushed to confront them, he said.

Law enforcement was slow to protect people who were attacked and slow to get them medical help, Vellucci said.

“We’re not going to escort people from city streets or wherever they’re coming from,” said CHP spokesman Officer George Granada. “Everything turned out fairly well. There was violence, but it could have been a lot worse.”

No officers or bystanders were hurt and less …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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