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Anaheim City Council tables Trump resolution, protester pepper sprays crowd




Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the I-X Center Saturday on March 12, 2016, in Cleveland.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the I-X Center Saturday on March 12, 2016, in Cleveland.
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Five people including two children were pepper sprayed outside Anaheim City Hall Tuesday night as the City Council considered a resolution to denounce remarks by Donald Trump.

Following protests and five hours of public comment from more than 76 speakers, the Council decided to take no action on the matter, OC register reporter Joseph Pimentel told Take Two early Wednesday.

The resolution stated 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" on Tuesday.

Pimentel told Take Two how the scene got out of hand:

It was crazy, to say the least. It really was an in-your-face type of thing. Two dozen Trump supporters were there. They had bullhorns. They were carrying American flags, and anyone who challenges them, just to talk about Donald Trump, five of them would swarm them and pepper them with questions: "Are you from here? Are you an illegal? Were you born here?" If you say you’re not from here, they’ll tell you to go back to Mexico. They’ll do anything to rile you up, but they won’t get physical.

Warning: The video below contains language that may be offensive to some.

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The gathering got physical, Pimentel said, when a Trump detractor who had been yelling profanities at Trump supporters jumped into their crowd and started pepper spraying people. Five people were pepper sprayed, including two children.

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“That was painful to see an 8-year-old get pepper sprayed and just crying hysterically, because pepper spray is not a laughing matter,” said Pimentel. “Grown men and police officers cry when they get pepper sprayed.”

The man who pepper sprayed the crowd was not apprehended or detained. Though there was a large police presence at City Hall, Pimentel said officers were not in that area when the incident occurred.

Anaheim is a very diverse city, and people are split over Donald Trump. That divide showed Tuesday, Pimentel noted, even among the Anaheim City Council, which voted 3-2 to table the resolution.

“Mayor Tom Tait led the way and felt a local city government has no business to weigh in on a candidate or a national campaign,” Pimentel said.

After about five hours of hearing public comment, the Council took no action on the Trump resolution. Councilwoman Murray tried to amend the resolution to denounce all candidates who use divisive rhetoric, not just Trump, but Tait considered that to be a completely new resolution.

Trump rally is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Orange County Fairgrounds Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa.