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Trump Supporters Clash Against Counter-Protestors in Sunland-Tujunga, Leading to Altercations and Dispersal by Rubber Bullets

3:53 PM PDT on August 24, 2020

    [dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]n Friday at 4:30 PM, at Fehlaber-Houk Park, about 75 counter-protesters assembled to meet up and confront vocal Trump supporters at 6420 Foothill Boulevard. On this spot, counter-protesters and Trump allies have been clashing for the last several weeks.  

    More counter-protesters joined the group as they marched towards the Trump supporters. Soon after that, altercations began. First, insults were exchanged, which led to pushing and shoving, and eventually, after being backed into the In N Out parking lot, one Trump supporter began spraying pepper spray. 

    The police intervened and declared it an unlawful assembly. They separated the two groups but not before firing rubber bullets into the crowd chanting Black Lives Matter. BLM advocates spoke with law enforcement and committed to leaving peacefully under the contingency that Trump supporters left first. 

    The final demonstration count was in the hundreds.

    Photos by Brian Feinzimer

    An LAPD officer stands with a bean bag shotgun in front of a line of President Trump supporters. (Brian Feinzimer)
    An LAPD officer stands with a bean bag shotgun in front of a line of President Trump supporters. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A Black Lives Matter supporter dressed in protective gear faces off against LAPD officers. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A Black Lives Matter supporter dressed in protective gear faces off against LAPD officers. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A shell casing of a foam baton round shot by LAPD officers. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A shell casing of a foam baton round shot by LAPD officers. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporter of Black Lives Matter face off against a scrimmage line of LAPD officers. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporter of Black Lives Matter face off against a scrimmage line of LAPD officers. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A supporter for Black Lives Matter waves a flag while facing a line of LAPD officers block the two sides of demonstrators from interacting. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A supporter for Black Lives Matter waves a flag while facing a line of LAPD officers block the two sides of demonstrators from interacting. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A scrimmage line of LAPD officers stand nearby a trailer with a “Trump Unity” sign. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A scrimmage line of LAPD officers stand nearby a trailer with a “Trump Unity” sign. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A man driving the trailer with the “Trump Unity” sign poses for a photo. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A man driving the trailer with the “Trump Unity” sign poses for a photo. (Brian Feinzimer)
    LAPD officers attempt to hold a scrimmage line as supporters of Black Lives Matter and supports of President Trump face off. (Brian Feinzimer)
    LAPD officers attempt to hold a scrimmage line as supporters of Black Lives Matter and supports of President Trump face off. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A supporter of President Trump runs as an LAPD officer stands guard over a police vehicle. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A supporter of President Trump runs as an LAPD officer stands guard over a police vehicle. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A supporter of President Trump wearing a “Fuck Your Feelings” shirt shouts while scuffles break out between demonstration groups. (Brian Feinzimer)
    A supporter of President Trump wearing a “Fuck Your Feelings” shirt shouts while scuffles break out between demonstration groups. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporters of President Trump gather on Foothill Blvd. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporters of President Trump gather on Foothill Blvd. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporters of President Trump gather on Foothill Blvd. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporters of President Trump gather on Foothill Blvd. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporters of President Trump gather on Foothill Blvd. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporters of President Trump gather on Foothill Blvd. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporters of President Trump gather and face off against supporters of Black Lives Matter on Foothill Blvd. (Brian Feinzimer)
    Supporters of President Trump gather and face off against supporters of Black Lives Matter on Foothill Blvd. (Brian Feinzimer)

    Photos by Kemal Cilengir

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