BREAKING: Police Fires Pepper Balls, Gas Against Protestors Outside Trump Rally
The streets of Phoenix turned chaotic on Tuesday night after Police fired pepper balls against protests who raged on after President Trump delivered a fiery, campaign-style speech in the city.
As supporters of the president lined up outside the Phoenix Convention Center earlier Tuesday, anti-Trump protesters stood across the street, chanting and waving signs bearing slogans, like “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.”
The demonstrators also set up a giant inflatable effigy of Trump dressed in a white robe that bore a swastika.
But after Trump took the stage to deliver a defiant speech defending his remarks in the wake of Charlottesville and slamming the media, police deployed the pepper balls.
Police just fired teargas canisters on the north side of the Phoenix convention center pic.twitter.com/3L9Bzcj6bE
— Bob Ortega (@Bob_Ortega) August 23, 2017
It was not immediately clear what prompted the use of pepper balls. Initial reports said tear gas had been deployed, but further statements from the local Phoenix police department clarified that the loud bangs and gas filling the street came from pepper balls.
Tear gas fired. Not sure why. pic.twitter.com/QhRMtw9THJ
— Roque Planas (@RoqPlanas) August 23, 2017
Trump drew broad criticism for his remarks in the wake of violent protests in Charlottesville, VA, and has come under intense scrutiny over the past 10 days after he blamed “many sides” for the violence.
In his rally speech tonight, Trump blamed the news media for not covering his remarks accurately.