[Editor’s note: The crowd size description has been increased following a belated estimate from South Pasadena Police not available until Monday morning.]
Police were investigating after a fight broke out between two groups of demonstrators in the wake of a rally in support of President Trump and police in South Pasadena on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The incident unfolded about 6 p.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and Mission Street, where a group of about 150 demonstrators had gathered earlier in the day to show support for Trump, South Pasadena police officials said. The formal event had concluded by about 3 p.m.
Officers were summoned to report of a “physical altercation between two opposing political groups,” police said in a written statement.
“Upon arrival, officers contacted the parties involved and confirmed that an altercation did occur,” the statement said. “Medical treatment was offered and witness statements were obtained. Those directly involved in the incident requested prosecution of the other.”
Once the investigation is completed, police planned to turn their findings over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of potential charges.
In a video of the aftermath of the incident posted to social media, a young woman grasping a cardboard sign reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Biden” and witnesses can be seen describing to police that a man had grabbed the young woman by the hair as she was surrounded by a crowd and pulled to the ground.
Further details, including how many people were involved or the extent of the injuries, were not available Monday morning.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the South Pasadena Police Department Detective Bureau at (626) 403-7280.