Berkeley Police Chief defends officers actions at protest

Anti and pro-Donald Trump supporters clash during competing demonstrations at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, April 15, 2017. Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide, many calling on Trump to release his tax returns. (Anda Chu/San Jose Mercury News via AP)

BERKELEY (KRON) — Berkeley’s Police Chief has defended his department’s response to Saturday’s protests between Trump supporters and anti-Trump activists.

Chief Andrew Greenwood released a statement Wednesday that said his officers were “rightly expected to not get swept into the volatility of the crowd… And that officers intervening with a mixed group of violent protesters… Could actually escalate the situation.”

Chief Greenwood said he banned weapons from being allowed at the rallies around Martin Luther King, Jr. Park yet police confiscated dozens of weapons from the 20 people arrested.

Those weapons included a stun gun, an ax handle and bear spray.

At least eight officers were injured when explosives were thrown at them.

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