Trump Supporter Sprayed Protestors with Bear Repellent
A man wearing a “MAGA” hat allegedly sprayed anti-Trump demonstrators with bear repellent in Santa Monica.
A man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was arrested after allegedly spraying bear repellent at a crowd of protestors during an anti-Trump rally in Santa Monica, injuring five people.
David Nicholas Dempsey, 32, was seen on video spraying pro-impeachment demonstrators with bear repellent, which typically contains hot pepper aerosol. Dempsey was with a group of Trump supporters when they confronted the rally. He was caught on video spraying a man lying on the ground at close range with the bear repellent, KTLA reported.
After the alleged assault, Dempsey can be heard saying, “We got attacked!” He and another man tried to leave the scene but were stopped by police for questioning.
Dempsey was arrested and charged with assault with a caustic chemical, illegal use of tear gas, and violating parole from a previous conviction. He is being held without bail pending his first court appearance, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and jail records.
The rally was planned by the organization, Refuse Fascism, who opposes President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The march took place on Santa Monica Pier, a popular tourist destination, in support of impeaching the president.
Dempsey is scheduled to appear in court October 22.