The violence drew condemnation from elected officials.
“Not wearing a mask and being anti-vax isn’t patriotism — it’s stupidity,” City Council President Nury Martinez said in a statement. “We have to be able to have differences of opinions without resorting to violence. 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 counterprotesters gathered nearby.
After a fight broke out, the LAPD said on Twitter account that it was “aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated.” The victim was rushed to a hospital.
Counterprotesters could be seen spraying Mace while members of the anti-vaccine rally screamed death threats, the Times reported.
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.”