A man wearing a “Make American Great Again” cap was arrested on Saturday after allegedly spraying bear repellant into a crowd of people protesting against President Donald Trump at the Santa Monica Pier in California, KTLA reports.
The incident, which was captured on video from multiple angles, shows the man, who has been identified in reports as 32-year-old David Nicholas Dempsey, spraying bear repellant in several protesters’ faces before running up to a man on the ground moments after, appearing to spray more of the repellant.
Shortly after attacking demonstrators, Dempsey can be seen running into police officers that were stationed off to the side of the demonstration.
According to KTLA, Dempsey was arrested on suspicion of prohibited use of a tear gas weapon as well as assault with a caustic chemical, which is a felony in California punishable by up to 4 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
NBC Los Angeles said five people were treated on-site, but no one was seriously injured at the pier. Bear repellents commonly include hot-pepper aerosol.
INSANE VIDEO: Police say a Donald #Trump supporter was arrested after spraying bear repellent on a small crowd protesting the president at the Santa Monica Pier
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In footage from the scene Dempsey can be heard telling police he was “attacked” by “libtards” and “flag-burning commies.”
The crowd could be heard cheering as he was cuffed.
Dempsey, who was reportedly on parole at the time of the incident due to a previous weapons conviction, also reportedly violated his parole.
As of Sunday evening, Dempsey was being held in jail custody without bail.
Police are working to identify a second man who also may have sprayed into the crowd, The Los Angeles Times reported.