SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the police response to violence between two groups during a confrontation at California’s state Capitol (all times local):
California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow and Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers are looking for ways their agencies can improve following a violent clash by demonstrators at the state Capitol.
CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader says the pair met for about two hours Monday to discuss lessons they can learn from the violence that sent 10 people to area hospitals.
More than 100 officers from the two agencies were patrolling Sunday because authorities anticipated violence during a white nationalist group’s planned demonstration at the California Capitol.
But police faced criticism Monday about whether they were properly prepared or too slow to get involved when the demonstration quickly turned violent in a clash with a larger group of counter-protesters.
A National Lawyers Guild observer says police mostly stood by during the confrontation.
Authorities were anticipating violence as a white nationalist group planned a demonstration at the California Capitol, and they brought in more than 100 officers to patrol the grounds.
But after 10 people were injured Sunday, they’re now facing criticism about whether they were properly prepared. The demonstration quickly turned violent in a clash with a larger group of counter-protesters.
Cres Vellucci, an observer with the National Lawyers Guild, said Monday that the California Highway Patrol and Sacramento city police failed to separate the two groups before the violence began.
He says they were slow to protect victims being assaulted and slow to get medical help.
Members of the Traditionalist Worker Party were confronted as they approached the rally site, and violence erupted.
CHP spokesman Officer George Granada says police had no obligation to make sure the group’s members made it safely to the rally.