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Trump march results in 10 arrests, 7 minor injuries

Keith Burbank (BCN)
Sunday March 05, 2017 - 01:11:00 AM

Police said 10 people were arrested and seven suffered injuries in a March 4 Trump protest this afternoon in downtown Berkeley. 

The protest, which drew anti-Trump protesters, started at about noon at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park at 2151 Martin Luther King Junior Way. 

Five people were arrested on suspicion of battery, four on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and one on suspicion of resisting arrest, according to police. 

One person was allegedly carrying a dagger and police confiscated metal pipes, bats, two-by-fours, and bricks.  

The seven people with injuries declined to be taken to a hospital. 

Police had a hard time telling how many people gathered for the protest because of a farmer's market nearby, Officer Byron White said.  

Neither group got a permit to protest, White said. But he admitted the park is a public space.  

"We would like these events to be successful," he said. But without taking the right steps, such as getting permits, it hinders the city's ability to help, White said.  

Police are asking anyone who feels they were the victim of a crime during the protest to get in touch with them. Officers are looking for help identifying the people responsible for any crimes.  

BART officials closed the nearby Downtown Berkeley BART station for about an hour because of the protest. According to police, some demonstrators left the park and marched on Allston Way, which is one block from the BART station. 

Trains were not stopping at the station, but as of about 4:30 p.m. the station was open and trains were making regular stops there.