Police arrested 17 people after violent protesters destroyed police cars, threw rocks at passing vehicles and stopped traffic outside Donald Trump’s rally in Orange County, California.
According to the Los Angeles Times, protesters, mostly Mexicans upset about Trump’s comments about immigrants, smashed the back window of a police cruiser and slashed the tires on a police SUV.
Protesters also tried to flip over a police cruiser.
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Traffic came to a stand still as the violent crowd of protesters waving Mexican flags blocked the roadway.
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Law enforcement agencies had to deploy additional forces, including 50 Orange County sheriff’s deputies and a dozen Costa Mesa police officers to try to control the hostile crowd of protesters.
Trump has drawn large crowds across the country as he has campaigned for the White House and some of his events have been marred by incidents both inside and outside these venues.
Colby Nicholson, 30, who described himself as a Trump supporter traveled to the rally from San Diego, California to support the Republican front-runner.
“These are all underage Mexican high schoolers who have nothing to do.”
“These people are stupid, but Americans are not stupid in general,” Nicholson said. “These are all underage Mexican high schoolers who have nothing to do.”