9 arrested in downtown protest held in solidarity with Kenosha

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Officers appeared to pepper spray a small group of protesters and at least nine people were arrested Friday during San Diego demonstrations against police brutality and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Peaceful Protest San Diego encouraged supporters on Instagram to come out at 5 p.m. and “stand up and fight back” in “solidarity with Kenosha.”

The protest was planned outside the San Diego Police Department’s headquarters, prompting authorities to shut down Broadway and E Street between 14th and 15th streets, on the north and south sides of the headquarters, a police sergeant said.

In video from the scene, officers appear to pepper spray a small group of protesters.

“Moments later, an officer sprayed what appeared to be pepper spray at the group and some dispersed.”

The video also appears to show a protester raise his hands in front of officers shortly after the group was pepper sprayed, then multiple officers chase him, tackle him and detain him.

The demonstration moved from the headquarters toward downtown, and police claim a person “sprayed a chemical irritant spray at a line of officers.”

Four people were arrested, the department reported.

One for alleged “battery on an officer and resisting arrest with violence.” The other three were arrested for alleged resisting and obstructing officers, the department said.

Two others were arrested later in the evening for allegedly pointing lasers at officers, the department said.

About 9:30 p.m., the department said a member of the group allegedly “punched an officer (and) was being arrested when two other members of the group attempted to intervene.”

One person was accused of kicking an officer and the other interfered with the arrest. All three were taken into custody, police said.

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