A prolonged confrontation between Black Lives Matter and pro-Trump demonstrators outside Los Angeles turned violent Saturday, as someone drove a car through the pro-Trump group. The driver has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
One man suffered two broken legs, and a woman was moderately injured, Orange County Sheriff’s officials said. It was the second time since Thursday that Southern California protesters have been injured by a vehicle and it’s just the latest vehicle attack of dozens that have been reported since nationwide protests began in May.
But while experts see a rise in vehicle attacks coming from right-wing extremists, police say the driver in Saturday’s incident was a member of the so-called “Caravan for Justice,” which organized the Black Lives Matter protest.
The alleged assault happened during a protest called by the Urban Organizers Coalition to “rise against police BRUTALITY, social injustice, and systemic RACISM,” a flyer ahead of the event proclaimed.
But as the BLM protesters marched along a six-lane highway in downtown Yorba Linda, counter-protesters carrying American flags and Trump 2020 banners began taunting them from across the street, the Orange County Register reported. Then the Trump supporters crossed the highway and confronted the BLM group, according to the Register.
“U-S-A!” the American-flag waving group chanted.