Harrowing videos have emerged online showing street fighting as members of the right-wing group “Proud Boys” attacked counter-protesters at an anti-vaccination anti-mask rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.
Police said that one man was stabbed and taken to the hospital, according to Los Angeles Times.
“A crowd of several hundred people, many holding American flags and signs calling for ‘medical freedom,’ had descended on City Hall around 2 p.m. for the planned rally,” the newspaper reported. “A fight erupted on the corner of 1st and Spring streets shortly after 2:30 p.m., as counterprotesters in all black and anti-vaccine demonstrators draped in American flag garb and memorabilia bearing former President Trump’s face traded punches and threw items at one another.”
TV producer Andrew Kimmell, the former head of live video at BuzzFeed News, posted videos of a stomping at an anti-vaxx, Proud Boys rally.
KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze says he was attacked.
“Anti-vaxx” / Proud Boys rally in Los Angeles off to a great start. pic.twitter.com/mMAQxfwfxw
— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) August 14, 2021
Adam Kiefer tries to fight counter protesters, didn’t work out well for him pic.twitter.com/hOvzPs5rdQ
— waterspider (@waterspider__) August 14, 2021
LAPD is monitoring a protest at the south lawn of the LA City Hall. We are on scene to maintain order after a fight broke out. We are aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated by LAFD. No arrests have been made but investigation is on going. pic.twitter.com/0UwCgN55mJ
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) August 14, 2021