Police injured in melee between pro-white group, protesters

Story highlights

  • Members of the South Africa Project were met by counter-demonstrators
  • Police: Taunts escalated to bottles and paint balls being thrown
  • Three counter-demonstrators were arrested, police say
Two California officers were injured during a melee Monday in Sacramento between a pro-white group and counter-protesters, including members of the Occupy movement.
Sgt. Erik Beal of the California Highway Patrol said the incident took place shortly after 3 p.m. when the South Africa Project was winding up a demonstration on the state Capitol grounds and were leaving the area. The South Africa Project was protesting violence against whites in Africa by blacks.
"They were being escorted from the grounds when they ran into a group of counter-demonstrators on the city streets," Beal said.
Counter-demonstrators carried signs indicating their participation in the Occupy movement.
Beal said shouting and taunts escalated to bottles and paint balls being thrown. Two officers were injured; both were taken to local hospitals by ambulance.
Beal says three members of the counter-demonstration were arrested for resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer, inciting a riot and obstruction.