A Proudly Boy-Affiliated Anti-Transgender Rally at a Los Angeles Spa Devolves Into Violence.
Los Angeles, California Police officers pelted protesters and counter-protesters with bean bag rounds and other projectiles.
On Saturday, after a dueling protest over transgender rights at a Los Angeles spa turned violent, police declared an unlawful assembly and fired non-lethal projectiles to disperse an unruly crowd.
Protests erupted earlier this month in response to a video in which an irate customer complained to Wi Spa staff about a transgender woman being in the spa's women's section.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the video sparked controversy after the spa defended its policy of admitting transgender customers to its facilities.
Around 11 a.m., police declared an unlawful assembly in front of the spa in Koreatown after demonstrators opposed to transgender access to the spa's facilities clashed with counter protesters and members of the crowd threw smoke bombs and other objects at officers, according to Det. Meghan Aguilar, an LAPD spokeswoman.
Officers in riot gear are seen hitting protesters with batons and firing bean bag rounds and other projectiles in a video posted to Twitter. A woman was struck in the abdomen at one point, causing her to fall to the ground.
According to Aguilar, police made "a large number of arrests" for those who refused to disperse. She was unable to provide an immediate count because authorities were still processing arrestees and screening to determine if anyone required medical treatment.
She stated that no officer was injured and no protester was hospitalized.