Officers hurt in Occupy clash at Calif Capitol
At least two law enforcement officers were injured Monday during a clash with members of the Occupy movement who were at the state Capitol to protest a rally by a pro-white group.
The clash erupted in the afternoon as California Highway Patrol and Sacramento city police officers were escorting about 35 members of the South Africa Project to a parking garage following their protest outside the Capitol building.
About 50 members of Occupy Oakland began throwing cans and bottles at the South Africa group and at the officers. The Occupy members then rushed the officers as people with the pro-whites group rushed into the parking garage.
A city police officer was injured when a member of the Occupy group jumped on him, and a CHP officer was hurt after being struck by an object. Both were taken from the scene by ambulance.
Occupy protesters, some wearing hoods or masks, said they came from the San Francisco Bay area to counter what they called a racist group affiliated with former Louisiana Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
Some in the Occupy crowd also had shaved heads or mohawk haircuts and equally prominent tattoos, but a different message.
The Occupy crowd included Allen Mullins, who was dressed as Captain America. He said he walked 5,000 miles to call attention to the plight of homeless veterans and intends to visit every state capital. Sacramento was the 41st statehouse he has seen, he said.
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