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5 people pepper-sprayed as Anaheim City Council considers resolution denouncing Donald Trump




Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Monday, March 7, 2016, in Madison, Miss.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Monday, March 7, 2016, in Madison, Miss.
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Five people, including two children, were pepper-sprayed by someone outside of Anaheim City Hall in a confrontation between supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and anti-Trump protesters, the Anaheim Police Department told KPCC. They were there as the Anaheim City Council considered a resolution to condemn Trump's rhetoric.

Those exposed were treated at the scene and nobody was transported to the hospital. The man who pepper-sprayed people outside the meeting left the area, Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

Police have a photograph of the suspect and are currently trying to identify him. No arrests have been made.

Pepper spray tweet

Trump's comments on immigration, Muslims, women and other topics have some on the Anaheim City Council concerned that his campaign has offended thousands of its constituents. The Council decided that they would hold a vote Tuesday on a resolution that would denounce Trump's rhetoric. 

If passed, the resolution states the Council would "reject and condemn the divisive rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump," stating that his words are contrary to the state and U.S. constitutions, as well as with the city of Anaheim's values.

“The resolution is being offered on behalf of the tens of thousands that have been the recipients of the attacks, and those attacks have denigrated their basic humanity in many cases," Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray told KPCC's "Take Two" earlier today. 

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On the decision to bring the resolution before the Council

"It’s something I’ve personally thought about doing since some of the initial comments have been made, but given that it continues to escalate I felt it was important that Anaheim speak up and say that while he’s at liberty to have his First Amendment rights to say anything he’d like, we don’t support the type of speech he’s used."

On Murray's hopes for the resolution 

"We should be able to have a broad discussion without insulting members of our population, and hopefully this resolution serves as a resource, as a tool to elevate the discussion and to protect those, and to let those know who have been the recipient of attacks that their city officials don’t support it nor condone it."

Murray said that her resolution has been fully reviewed by the city attorney and stands within the Council's legal boundaries. 

According to the L.A. Times, if Anaheim passes the resolution, it won't be the first local government to denounce Trump's words — West Hollywood already did so, as have other cities including Philadelphia and St. Petersburg. 

Read the entire resolution here: 

Anaheim City Council Resolution

To listen to A Martinez's interview with Councilwoman Murray on Tuesday, please click on the Player above

This story has been updated.