Officers Injured After Rally At Capitol Gets Out Of Control
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS) — Two law enforcement officers were injured and three people arrested in a clash between members of the Occupy movement and a pro-white group Monday at the capitol.
The clash erupted about 3 p.m. Monday as California Highway Patrol and Sacramento city police officers were escorting about 35 members of the South Africa Project to a parking garage following their protest outside the Capitol building.
An Associated Press photographer says roughly 50 members of Occupy Oakland began throwing cans and bottles at the South Africa group and at the officers. The Occupy members then rushed the officers as people with the pro-whites group rushed into the parking garage.
A city police officer was injured when a member of the Occupy group jumped on him, and a CHP officer was hurt after being struck by an object. Both were taken from the scene by ambulance.
“We were assisting in the original protest. As soon as items were being thrown at officers, we called in for more reinforcements,” said Sacramento Police Department Officer Laura Peck.
The violence abated after a large contingent of law enforcement arrived at the scene, about one block from the Capitol.
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