Officers Hurt at Occupy Melee in Sacramento

One officer was reportedly hit by a rock. The other was jumped, according to reports.

2-27-2012 4-01-07 PM

At least two peace officers were injured during a clash with members of the Occupy movement who were in the state capital to protest a rally by a pro-white group.     

KCRA reported that one officer was hit with a rock.

The clash erupted about 3 p.m. Monday 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.     

It was not clear what happened in the moments ahead of the melee.

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An Associated Press photographer at the scene said roughly 50 members of Occupy Oakland began throwing cans and bottles at the South Africa group and at the officers, then rushed the officers as those 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, according to AP.

Both were taken from the scene by ambulance.     

At least two Occupy members were arrested. The violence abated after a large contingent of law enforcement arrived at the scene, about one block from the Capitol.

Police in riot gear responded to the area and shut down several streets surrounding the capitol.

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