February 27, 2021

Natick police continue to investigate incidents at pro-Trump rally on Saturday. Police are ‘watching videos and trying to collect videos while conducting interviews.’ – MetroWest Daily News

Police are looking into several reports of possible violence at a pro-Trump rally on Saturday that became heated when Trump supporters and counter protesters clashed.

NATICK — Police are looking into several reports of possible violence at a pro-Trump rally on Saturday that became heated when Trump supporters and counter protesters clashed.

One man was arrested, David J. Hepp, 25, of Natick, but police are now looking at possible charges for others, on both sides.

“There are investigations ongoing due to this event,” said police spokeswoman Lt. Cara Rossi. “We’re watching videos and trying to collect videos while conducting interviews. This is definitely a continuing investigation.”

Rossi said Hepp drove by Trump supporters near the center common and yelled at them. They responded in kind. He parked his car and returned on foot.

“He got into a screaming match and began yelling at the crowd and they began yelling back at him,” said Rossi. “Someone was filming him (with a cellphone) and he got upset. He reached out and slapped it out of (the woman’s) hand.”

Hepp ran and was chased by several Trump supporters, which was caught on a video. During the incident, Hepp yells for help and then claims someone sprayed him with pepper spray.

Dianna Ploss, an activist who organized the Trump rally and holds them across the New England area, recorded much of the day’s events on Facebook Live.

About an hour after the arrest, another scuffle broke out between the groups after one of the Trump supporters asked why she couldn’t
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