Trump protester dragged from Connecticut rally in chokehold by cop (PHOTO)
The chaos erupted during one of two Trump rallies held in Connecticut on Saturday.
A police officer puts a protester in a chokehold and drags him out of Donald Trump's Bridgeport rally. pic.twitter.com/gNDfCRMUnt— Kyle Constable (@KyleConstable) April 23, 2016
The first rally in Waterbury seemed to wrap up without incident, with a crowd of Trump supporters chanting “build that wall,” referring to the barrier the candidate has promised to build between Mexico and the United states if elected – while making the people of Mexico pay for it to boot.
Crowd at Trump rally in Waterbury, CT, chanting "built that wall" pic.twitter.com/ZDxT45pfyr— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) April 23, 2016
At the Bridgeport event, protesters were escorted from the building before the rally even began, but the situation nonetheless escalated once Trump finally took to the stage.
An eyewitness said a police officer was escorting a protester from the rally when the persistent heckler attempted to break free and run back into the crowd. The cop then put the man in a chokehold and proceeded to drag him out of the building.
Protester being escorted out at Trump's Bridgeport rally tried to run back into the crowd. Officer put him in a chokehold, dragged him out.— Kyle Constable (@KyleConstable) April 23, 2016
A Bridgeport police spokesman said that he was unaware of any arrests taking place following the incident, reports NYDailyNews.
Saturday’s protest was just the latest of many disruptions to plague Trump campaign events. Over 50 officers were called in to form a human barrier between Black Lives Matter demonstrators and Trump supporters on Wednesday.
BREAKING: Clashes outside of the Trump rally between Black Lives Matter demonstrators and Trump supporters pic.twitter.com/bYKDEOF1WH— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) April 22, 2016
The two groups clashed outside a Trump rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with backers of the Republican front-runner responding to Black Lives Matter activists with chants of “Blue Lives Matter,” according to PennLive.
The “near riot” had reportedly calmed down by 9:30 pm, however, and no arrests were made.