SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A few hundred protesters fought with supporters of Donald Trump after the presidential candidate’s rally in San Jose Thursday night.
Over a dozen fights broke out in the crowd.READ MORE: Slow Recovery Prompts Businesses to Rethink Their Future in Downtown San Francisco
Punches were thrown, violence erupted. Even police had to retreat.
The San Jose Police Department made a number of arrests after the Trump Rally and said an officer was assaulted.
Protesters followed Trump supporters to their cars as they left the convention center. Around the corner and away from police protection on San Carlos Street, a mob mentality took over.
A young man wearing a “Build The Wall” T-shirt was assaulted by several young men. Fearing for the man’s safety, KPIX 5 reporter Len Ramirez yelled at him to get away.
For several minutes, there was no police presence and protesters thumped Trump supporters’ cars in the parking garage as they tried to leave.
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Outside again, there was another assault, and another. Street fights broke out on Almaden Avenue.
Andrew Acevedo, of Redwood City, said he was assaulted several times while getting stuck inside the anti-Trump protest rally.
As police tried to restore order protesters forced a police pickup to retreat.
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Another young man was chased down like prey. He ran until finding some police officers who stopped his attackers.
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Some protesters grabbed Trump hats and tried to burn them, while others banged on the cars of supporters trying to leave the rally.
Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly about 30 minutes after the rally ended.
Trump spoke for about 50 minutes to the crowd of thousands at the rally, harping on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and calling her foreign policy speech earlier in the day “pathetic” and “sad to watch.”
On Friday morning, the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted about the protest.
John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, condemned the violence.
Trump is expected to appear in Redding, about 150 miles north of San Francisco, for a rally on Friday.