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Man stabbed at LA anti-vaccination protest leaves hospital

 

Last updated 8/20/2021 at 1:37pm

Los Angeles Police Officer Gutierrez, left, puts pressure on the open wound of a demonstrator, who was stabbed during clashes between anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter protesters during an anti-vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles Saturday, Aug. 14. A man was stabbed and a reporter was attacked Saturday at a protest against vaccine mandates on the south lawn of Los Angeles' City Hall after a fight broke out between the protesters and counter protesters, the Los Angeles Police Department and local media said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A man who was stabbed when a Los Angeles protest against vaccine mandates turned violent has been released from the hospital, police said Sunday, Aug. 15.

The man was stabbed and a news reporter was kicked after a fight broke out Saturday between anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter protesters in front of Los Angeles City Hall.

The identity of the man with the stab wound was not released and no information was given about the extent of his injury, the Los Angeles Times reported.

No arrest has been reported in connection with the stabbing, or in the attack on KPCC radio reporter Frank Stoltze, Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The violence drew condemnation from elected officials.

"We have to be able to have differences of opinions without resorting to violence," City Council President Nury Martinez said in a statement. "Attacking counter protesters and journalists has no place in a democracy and certainly no place in Los Angeles."

Several hundred people holding American flags, Trump memorabilia and signs calling for "medical freedom" turned out for Saturday's rally. A small group of counter protesters gathered nearby.

After a fight broke out, the LAPD said on Twitter that it was "aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated." The victim was rushed to a hospital.

At least one man was seen kicking Stoltze, who told a police officer he had been assaulted while trying to conduct an interview.

Stoltze later tweeted: "Something happened to me today that's never happened in 30 yrs of reporting. In LA. ⁦@LAist. I was shoved, kicked and my eyeglasses were ripped off of my face by a group of guys at a protest - outside City Hall during an anti-vax Recall ⁦@GavinNewsom Pro Trump rally."

Stoltze added that he is in good condition.

 

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