Police reportedly declared an unlawful assembly around 2:30 p.m. at Beverly Gardens Park at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, where counter-protesters clashed with Trump supporters.
Thousands amassed to join the rally Saturday that was to be the last pro-Trump gathering in Beverly Hills before Election Day. Counter-protestors and those supporting the Black Lives Matter social justice movement marched up Wilshire Boulevard from their gathering point at Roxbury Park to the Trump rally.
“Approximately 40 protesters did assemble at Roxbury Park and then marched to the USA Freedom Rally,” said Beverly Hills police Lt. Max Subin. “The protester from Roxbury Park got into a violent fight with a pro-Trump protester. It was at the point that an unlawful assembly was declared by the Incident Commander and the Roxbury Park protesters did leave and march back to Roxbury Park,” Subin said.
Several videos posted on Twitter Saturday show the two rival groups arguing.
One video showed a counter protestor wearing an “ACAB” helmet and a man wearing a patriotic mask arguing before entering into a tug-of-war over an American flag. The tussle escalated into a street brawl involving several other people. The video later shows police attempting to break up the fight.
(Warning: the linked video above contains violence and strong language)
Beverly Hills has become a surprising hot spot for Trump supporters, as these weekly rallies have been gathering larger crowds every Saturday for the past several weeks.
On Saturday, thousands crowded sidewalks and streets in Beverly Hills, waving pro-Trump flags and setting up booths at Beverly Gardens Park. Last Saturday, the rally drew nearly 3,000 people, according to multiple reports.
Counter-protestors marched up Wilshire Boulevard from Roxbury Park around 1:30 p.m., with picketers chanting the names of victims associated with police brutality incidents.
After 3 p.m., counter-protestors were seen walking back to Roxbury Park, with a wall of police officers in riot gear following close behind, according to a tweet from Samuel Braslow, a reporter for Beverly Hills Courier.
In anticipation of violence and civil unrest over the weekend and closer to the election, city officials closed Rodeo Drive down to cars and pedestrians from South Santa Monica Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard from Monday to Wednesday.
The Beverly Hills Police Department also announced that law enforcement personnel would be on high alert beginning on Halloween and through election week.
“Beginning on Halloween and through election week, the Beverly Hills Police Department will be on full alert throughout the residential and business districts. Additionally, other law enforcement personnel and private security companies will offer support. Some businesses in the city may choose to limit operations during this time.”
On Friday, businesses along Rodeo Drive boarded up their windows. Art installations and the Beverly Hills sign were also seen being covered up with massive tarps, according to multiple tweets.
Beverly Hills, CA. BLM group has marched to where a Trump rally is being held. Police are on scene with armored vehicles, but its already tense pic.twitter.com/CHYkq3kCIX
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) October 31, 2020
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The City News Service contributed to this report.