Police arrested two teenagers after authorities said they assaulted at least two people during a pro-Trump rally this weekend in Palm Springs.
A youth car clashed with a small group of President Trump supporters on Sunday arguing for the recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and “an altercation ensued” with at least two of the youths, Police Lt. Palm Springs William Hutchinson. .
According to rally organizer Toni Ringlein, people in the car shouted obscenities at the crowd.
âYou could tell they were trying to shake us up,â Ringlein said. âAnd we don’t engage with them – just, ‘No, keep going,'” she said.
Ringlein said that after parking the car near the protesters, the group “came running through the crowd” and started beating people.
A man participating in the protest chased two boys – aged 15 and 13 – to a nearby Home Depot, where another brawl broke out, police told A declaration.
“The witness who caught up with the miners told the miners that the police were on their way, and at that point one of the miners swung the witness’s head to hit him,” police said.
The boy then took an airsoft gun from his belt and punched the man several times, police said. The man managed to drop the gun from the boy’s hands and hold it until the police arrived and arrested the two minors.
Ringlein said the man, who has not been identified by police, suffered abrasions but was not seriously injured. Two other protesters were assaulted and also suffered minor injuries, she said.
Violence had never erupted at a rally since his group, Unite 911, began protesting to recall Newsom in June, Ringlein said.
âThey were young punks, and that’s really what’s unfortunate,â Ringlein said. “They have no idea why they are doing it, and now they’ve screwed their lives upside down.”
Police said they found a 30-round magazine for a 9-millimeter Glock pistol in the 15-year-old’s possession, but he did not have a gun. He was handed over to his parents at the scene, but Hutchinson said law enforcement was looking to charge him with possession of a high-capacity magazine. The 13-year-old was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and grievous bodily harm and was held at Juvenile Hall in Indio. It was not clear on Wednesday whether he was staying at the facility.
A representative from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office was not immediately available to say whether the boys, who had not been identified because of their age, would be charged.