Trump Supporter Caught On Camera Using Bear Repellent Against Peaceful Anti-Trump Protestors
A Trump supporter was arrested by Santa Monica police Saturday after deploying a canister of bear repellent to a crowd of anti-Trump protesters gathered at the Santa Monica Pier. The event was organized by an anti-Trump grassroots group called Refuse Fascism to show support for Trump’s impending impeachment proceedings. A sister protest, underway in New York City, successfully marched a group of protesters to Trump Towers.
Around a dozen Trump supporters were already on the pier, donned in red MAGA hats, waving American flags, and chanting “Trump 2020” when the scheduled Refuse Fascism protesters arrived. According to organizer Atlas Winfrey, the Trump supporters were trying “to intimidate and incite a confrontation.”
Footage from the scene shows a short scuffle breaks out when a cloud of pepper spray suddenly overwhelms the crowd.
Bystanders recall seeing a man with a backward MAGA hat circling the crowd when he pulled out the can and started spraying as many people as he could. According to Michelle Xai, at least four anti-Trump protesters sought medical attention for their injuries. Xai herself will be wearing an arm sling at the next rally, after being “dropped to the ground by these fascists and basically assaulted.”
Most of the crowd starts running away from the toxic chemical, covering their faces and wiping tears from their eyes.
Several people start screaming. The person behind the video can be heard coughing, as they back away from the crowd as well. Reportedly, one woman started vomiting shortly after the attack.
David Nicholas Dempsey, 32, was arrested and it was revealed that he is already a convicted felon.
Police arrived on the scene shortly after the incident, and the angry crowd pointed to Dempsey as the culprit. He claimed his innocence but was handcuffed and escorted away to cheers from the anti-Trump protesters. Dempsey was initially charged with the prohibited use of a tear gas weapon, assault with a caustic chemical. After learning that Dempsey carries a prior weapons violation conviction, he’s also facing an additional charge of violating his parole.
The man who bore the brunt of the bear spray is an Iraq war vet.
“As an Iraqi war vet who has spoken out against U.S. crimes, I have been repeatedly targeted with violence and death threats,” Refuse Fascism member Bo Login said in a statement. “All this demonstrates so clearly the violence Trump/Pence regime is unleashing and why people should join us to prevent a fascist America.”
Login reportedly poured a gallon of milk over his head to help ease the effects of the bear spray, which is similar to other pepper sprays.
The anti-Trump supporters were pulling off a peaceful demonstration on the beach while Dempsey appeared at the pier with a holster of bear spray.
Refuse Fascism was simply using large stretches of fabric to spell out “Trump-Pence #OutNow” to launch its #OutNow campaign, which seeks to sustain weekly protests against Trump until “the regime is removed,” according to its statement.
Meanwhile, co-founder of the New York coalition, Dr. Cornel West was pleased with their march. “I stand with those who are willing to put their bodies on the line and make their voices heard to make sure that there will never ever be fascism in the United States of America,” he said in a statement.
RefuseFascim’s next Los Angeles rally will be in MacArthur Park on October 26 at 2 p.m.
After the bear spray attack, RefuseFascism national spokesperson responded, “We face a political crisis of epic dimension: this regime is rapidly advancing a fascist program. Trump’s “America First” is a program of extreme danger–the vicious twitter finger of Trump is also on the nuclear trigger… The attacks on the #OUTNOW! protest in LA by fascist thugs evidence again the fascist movement that is unleashed by the words and deeds of this regime. We have already seen mass murderers inspired by this regime.”
Dempsey’s social media is a laundry list of conspiracy theories.
Dempsey’s Facebook page includes a long list of conspiracy theories, including one about the white supremacist El Paso Shooter. “El Paso shooter had 1-30 round magazine, kills 20, wounds 30, it’s impossible people,” reads one post. Another read, “SHOOTER IN EL PASO IS HALF MEXICAN AND KILLED FULL WHITE PEOPLE!”
Dempsey is expected to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court for his arraignment hearing on Tuesday. He is currently being held without bail until then. Investigators suspect that a second individual deployed tear gas in unison with Dempsey.