Despite a successful presidential campaign and getting into the White House months ago, President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday evening. At the rally, Trump spoke out against movements to remove Confederate statues following the violence at Charlottesville, saying: "They're trying to take away our culture. They're trying to take away our history."
While protests against the rally were largely peaceful, violence broke out later in the night. Local news outlet CBS5 was covering the events, and caught the moment that one protester wearing a gas mask kicked a canister of tear gas back at police. Seconds later, the protester fell over as he appeared to be shot in the groin by a rubber bullet.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams told reporters that three people were arrested at the protest and that police responded with tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and pepper balls, after bottles and rocks were thrown at them.
Two officers were treated for heat exhaustion on the night, with temperatures reaching 107 degrees.
Reactions to the video were unsurprisingly mixed.
Bootlicking Nazi sympathizer.— Claire Case (@theclairecase) August 23, 2017
People have a right to protest this horror show. Cheering police brutality is disgusting.
love love LOVE the dude in the Kaepernick jersey running to help him up. This is perfect.— Menjamin Bendy (@Dan_Lamma) August 23, 2017
So you think police controlling an angry mob is the definition of police state?— Christine (@CMDebrecht) August 23, 2017
So ok 4 Clansmen to march down the street with torches in defense of a statue but protesters calling for accountability are anarchists?— Erin Hayden-Baldauf (@Hayden_Baldauf) August 23, 2017
I think we can all agree that's got to hurt.