SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento police say ongoing protests at the state capitol are stretching their resources thin and leaving officers injured.
Police say two opposing groups have been clashing near the capitol every Saturday since the election, damaging cars, assaulting each other and attacking officers.READ MORE: Avoiding The (Shopping) Nightmare Before Christmas: Local Retailers Brace For Holiday Shortages
This past weekend, three officers suffered minor injuries, police said. The department said more than 150 officers were deployed Saturday to keep demonstrators apart.READ MORE: Fight On Campus Prompts Short Lockdown At Kennedy High School In Sacramento
The department said the demonstrations are diverting resources away from other investigations at a time when violence is surging in the city.
“This is not protesting, these acts are not demonstrating their constitutionally protected rights. This is unwarranted, unjustified criminal behavior,” Chief Daniel Hahn said in a video release Monday.MORE NEWS: Watch: Gov. Gavin Newsom Gets His COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot
Hahn also said the city is better than this, and his department is working to identify the people involved.