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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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The world is racing to vaccinate everyone to put a stop to the relentless Covid-19 pandemic. In the U.S., states and counties are rolling out their own plans based on suggestions from health experts. California, home to the largest population of farmworkers, is making them a priority.

California has laid out their vaccination plan and farmworkers are being prioritized.

California is facing a relentless Covid-19 surge of infections, deaths, and hospitalizations. According to The New York Times, California has the second-highest level of infections per capita in the U.S. More than 30,000 people have died of Covid in California and the vaccination effort has been severely lagging.

California’s vaccination plan has been criticized for its very slow roll out.

According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 816,000 doses of the virus have been given to residents. There have been more than 2 million vaccine doses shipped to California. Currently, California, the most populated state in the country, is still in Phase 1A. Phase 1A is for healthcare workers and long-term care residents. The Vaccinate All 58 campaign claims that there are 3 million people in California in Phase 1A. Almost 40 million people live in California.

Activists have been calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to make sure that farmworkers are prioritized.

California is home to the largest concentration of farmworkers in the U.S. The Center for Farmworker Families claims that 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers, or about 1/3 to 1/2 of the farmworker populations, live in California. Seventy-five percent of farmworkers in California are undocumented.

As the rest of the state was able to shelter in place, farmworkers did not stop working. They provided a necessary lifeline to the nation in keeping the food supply running. Farmworkers are more likely to contract Covid because of their living conditions. Studies show that the low wages that farmworkers are paid means that many live in crowded conditions.

READ: As The U.S. Rolls Out The COVID-19 Vaccine, What’s The Future Of Vaccine Access In Latin America?

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