Crime & Justice

OC Weekly editor says he wants pro-Trump demonstrators identified

Supporters of US President Trump march during the
Supporters of US President Trump march during the "Make America Great Again" rally in Huntington Beach, California on March 25, 2017.
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Reporters at O.C. Weekly want police to identify who attacked their staff during Saturday's pro-Trump rally.

Gustavo Arellano, the paper's editor-in-chief, told KPCC some of the demonstrators knowingly targeted his photographers and reporter.

"There was a sequence where a woman was waving a small American flag, she goes up to my photographer Julie Leopo, starts waving at her and actually smacked her once, screaming at her 'fake news fake news,'" Arellano said. "Julie kind of swats at her to go away."

After that, more photographers intervened and more demonstrators became involved. Punches were allegedly thrown by Trump supporters, he said.

A lot of the altercation was captured on video. (Warning: The following video includes language that could potentially be offensive or disturbing to some viewers.)

Three people were arrested on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray during this weekend's Make American Great Again rallies, according to Capt. Kevin Pearsall of California State Parks Police.