14 arrested at Trump rally protests in Anaheim

Donald Trump supporter Jake Towe, right, faces off with Trump protester Joshua Gonzalez, left, outside the Anaheim Convention Center during a Trump rally Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Police in Anaheim arrested 14 protesters Wednesday during a rally for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to authorities.

Most of the arrests occurred after some demonstrators threw objects at police, prompting authorities to declare the protest gathering an unlawful assembly. In total, 11 protesters were arrested on suspicion of failing to disperse or of vandalism, Anaheim police Officer Laura Lomeli said.

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Two other arrests were made for public urination. A T-shirt vendor also was arrested before the rally began for selling without a license, she said. Those arrested included five juveniles.


No injuries were reported, despite reports that objects were tossed.

Demonstrations continued through the evening, even after Trump had left, and eight more protesters were arrested, Lomeli said.

Law enforcement had been preparing for weeks for Trump’s visit to the Anaheim Convention Center, which came a day after demonstrators and police went head-to-head in New Mexico following a Trump rally there.

On Wednesday, protesters held a rowdy but largely peaceful demonstration, a contrast with the violence that broke out after a Trump rally last month in Costa Mesa. After speaking in Anaheim, Trump appeared at a taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Hollywood, then headed to the Los Angeles home of investor Thomas Barrack Jr. for a campaign fundraiser.

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Trump has rallies scheduled later this week in San Diego and Fresno.

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Times staff writers James Queally, Cindy Carcamo and Anh Do contributed to this report.


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