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Police used pepper balls and tear gas as thousands protested Trump's rally in Arizona


President Trump’s rally in Phoenix late Tuesday ended in turmoil when thousands of people took to the city’s streets in protest, according to 3TV/CBS 5.

3TV/CBS 5 reported Wednesday that four people were arrested in the resulting chaos outside the Phoenix Convention Center.

Two people now reportedly face charges of aggravated assault, while a third faces criminal damage charges and a fourth was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

Two Phoenix police officers were also treated for heat exhaustion following the unrest, with both expected to recover despite remaining hospitalized late Tuesday.

Law officers began using pepper balls and tear gas that evening after demonstrators began throwing bottles and rocks at them, according to Phoenix police.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said an employee told her protesters also had their own gas that they threw at authorities.

“They had their own gas and they threw it at police,” she said, citing an incident near Phoenix’s Herberger Theatre on Monroe Street. “They didn’t throw our own gas.”

Some protesters told 3TV/CBS 5 that police officers’ actions – including the use of “flash bangs” and rubber bullets – were unprovoked.

“It was peaceful,” Carlos Garcia, an organizer of one of the largest protests, said. “We started getting shot at by rubber bullets.”

Williams said the use of force was “absolutely” justified Tuesday following the disruption after Trump’s rally.

Trump delivered fiery remarks during Tuesday’s rally, which resembled the raucous events he conducted during his 2016 presidential campaign.

The president lashed out at the media for its coverage of his response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

“They don’t report the facts,” he said. “Just like they don’t want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence, and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the [Ku Klux Klan].”

Trump faced bipartisan criticism after some thought he did not forcefully condemn white nationalists involved in the Charlottesville incident.

One person died in Charlottesville earlier this month when a car drove into people protesting white nationalism there.

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