A person was stabbed and no less than two journalists attacked Saturday as vicious combating erupted between coronavirus anti-vaccine protesters, lots of them Proud Boys carrying American flag and Donald Trump MAGA garb, and counterprotesters outdoors Los Angeles Metropolis Corridor.
Police didn’t instantly have details about the stabbing sufferer, who was handled on the scene by Los Angeles Hearth Division personnel. They reported no arrests by late afternoon, however an investigation was persevering with.
Frank Stolze, a reporter for the Nationwide Public Radio station KPCC, was screamed at, then shoved and kicked by anti-mask and anti-vaccine protesters whereas he was making an attempt to conduct an interview, the Los Angeles Occasions reported. He filed a police grievance, the LA Police Division confirmed.
He later tweeted that he was “mad but fine,” and famous that he had by no means skilled something like that in his 30 years as a reporter.
Journalist Tina-Desiree Berg was additionally photographed being attacked, and she or he posted a tweet of being rushed by a group of Proud Boys. It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not she filed a police report.
In a tweet, she recognized what gave the impression to be an orange thermos in a single attacker’s hand as a “weapon” utilized by different anti-vaccine protesters.
Critics on Twitter slammed law enforcement officials for standing by throughout a lot of the violence. Journalist Andrew Kimmel indicated that the paramilitary Proud Boys had been chargeable for lots of the road assaults. He mentioned one of many gang continually pointed him out to others.
Los Angeles Metropolis Council President Nury Martinez blasted the violence.
“These aren’t ‘patriots.’ Not carrying a masks and being anti-vax isn’t patriotism — it’s stupidity,” she mentioned in a press release. “Now we have to have the ability to have variations of opinions with out resorting to violence. Attacking counter-protesters and journalists has no place in a democracy, and definitely no place in Los Angeles.”
Members of the Proud Boys have been descending on college board conferences in some communities to rail in opposition to masks mandates to maintain college students protected and threaten members supporting well being precautions in colleges.
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