More arrests after brawl during Colorado pro-police rally

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Two more people were arrested Tuesday in connection with a brawl that broke out during a pro-police rally in northern Colorado over the weekend.

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A 39-year-old from Gill and a 57-year-old from Kersey were arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct, police in Fort Collins said. Their names have not been released.

While counter-demonstrators saw some of the pro-police rallygoers as the instigators in Saturday's melee, Fort Collins police chief Jeff Swoboda on Monday stood by his statement that there were aggressors on both sides, the Coloradoan reported. He said several people on each side were armed with weapons, including sidearms, brass knuckles, pepper spray and fireworks.

“You’ll see, when arrest information comes out, (that) this was a destination for people looking to get into a fight for some,” he said, noting that most of the people involved in the fight were not from the city, home to Colorado State University.

Video footage showed members of the pro-law enforcement crowd walking toward counter-protesters who are backing away.

Swoboda criticized those claiming to support police for participating in the fighting.

“Simply throwing on an ‘I support the police’ T-shirt, but then acting like a person with no regard for the law or safety of other people — that is not support, we do not want your support and we do not need your support,” he said.

Several people were arrested and cited shortly after the brawl broke out, and investigators say they were aligned with both sides. Three people were arrested for disorderly conduct, including one who faces an additional charge of illegally possessing a weapon and a second person who faces a charge of resisting arrest. A fourth person was cited for criminal tampering.