Two counterprotesters arrested at ‘White Lives Matter’ rally

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Crowds gathered near Huntington Beach’s famous pier Sunday ahead of a “White Lives Matter” rally scheduled to take place.

About 50 counterprotesters came out to demonstrate against those attending the rally that was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., with dozens more onlookers watching. Police officers stood at the edges of the plaza as helicopters and drones circled overhead, Los Angeles Times reported.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Brian Smith said one counterprotester was taken into custody for using amplified sound. A second man was also taken into custody but Smith could not say why. He said that second person did have a weapon on him and described it as a baton.

Smith said they had “more staff here than usual” but could not confirm how many were deployed to the area. The department has a large contingency on standby, he noted.

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