The Berkeley Police Department has arrested 10 people for various violations, including fighting, as tension grows between demonstrators protesting hate groups and supporters of President Trump on Sunday afternoon.
The mostly peaceful demonstration started heating up about noon at Martin Luther King Park, where the two rival groups faced off and several fights broke out.
Moments before Patriot Prayer reportedly showed up at Berkeley civic center and Antifa members rushed after him. pic.twitter.com/IHVkShjuzD
There were shoving matches surrounding well-known Orange County far-right figure Johnny Benitez. Some screamed, “Go home Nazi!” as police tried to escort Benitez and Irma Hinojosa, a member of the Southern California group Latinos for Trump, through the crowd and out of the park.
Berkeley police identified 13 people arrested during a protest Sunday that drew thousands of people to the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park and sparked violence between far-left and far-right demonstrators.
One officer was injured during an arrest and several others were struck with paint, according to the Berkeley Police Department. Paramedics treated six people; two were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Those arrested include:
Seth Vasquez, 25, of Berkeley, was arrested on suspicion of violating park rules and security rules for city buildings.
Mark Misohink, 23, of Berkeley, was arrested on suspicion of violating park rules and security rules for city buildings.
James Dominic, 23, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime.
Kristopher Wyrick, 39, of Alpine, Calif., was arrested on suspicion of fighting in public.
Harlan Pankau, 38, of Jamul, Calif., was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.
Levi Smith, 32, of Sparks, Nev., was arrested on suspicion of violating park rules and security rules for city buildings.
Sean Hines, 20, of Santa Rosa, Calif., was arrested on suspicion of resisting police and violating security rules for city buildings.
Brittany Moorman, 26, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of violating park rules and security rules for city buildings.
Yesenia Mendez, 22, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting police and wearing a mask to evade recognition in the commission of any public offense.
Emily Gillespie, 24, of Berkeley, was arrested on suspicion of battery.
Sean Dougan, 47, of Portland, Ore., was arrested on suspicion of battery, vandalism and inciting a riot;
Rachel Moore, 40, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of battery with serious bodily injury.
Joshua Phillips, 36, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of resisting police and participating in a riot.
As the number of people Sunday's demonstrations against hate groups and the Trump administration grows in Berkeley, so has the number of people detained for fighting and wearing masks that the city has prohibited.
This is what these scuffles look like when you step back. In the middle of this scrum you got one Trump supporter pic.twitter.com/xzIR8hZlJe
As Davis spoke, a half a dozen Trump opponents stood on top of the fountain in the middle of the park and sang, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine."
Local authorities had released a long list of prohibited items and were searching bags before people entered the park. Several protesters were later escorted out of the park because they were either wearing goggles or other items that covered their faces.
Music blared from speakers on Sunday at Ohlone Park as dozens of people gathered for a rally and march to denounce racism and fascism, part of a series of protests expected in Berkeley in response to a canceled anti-Marxism demonstration.
“We need to do everything in our power to undermine and do away with white supremacists and white supremacy itself,” said Jeff Conant, with Showing up for Racial Justice, known as Bay Area SURJ.
Organizer Jeff Conant said Bay Area SURJ called the rally to denounce racism: Group doesn't promote violence but is trained in self defense pic.twitter.com/WIsi6Miohv
In the wake of the Charlottesville attack, authorities in Berkeley are using dump trucks to block roadways and protect demonstrators rallying against hate groups and the Trump administration Sunday morning.