KALAMAZOO, Mich. – An MLive reporter was arrested while covering a rally that turned violent in Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon, according to reports online.
Members of the far-right group “Proud Boys” reportedly clashed with counter-protesters during a scheduled demonstration in the area of E. Water and N. Edward streets, WOOD-TV reports.
Warning: Explicit language can be heard in the protest videos below.
Some members of the far-right neo-fascist organization reportedly engaged in fist fighting with counter-protesters upon arriving at the event.
The Proud Boys are an organization of men who reportedly self-identify as a “pro-Western fraternal organization,” though some organizations and outlets have called them extremists, white nationalists and a hate group.
Kalamazoo police intervened and ordered the crowds to disperse, according to WOOD-TV.
Police reportedly arrested “a few people” -- including MLive reporter Samuel Robinson.
Proud Boys are attacking counter protesters, spraying pepper spray. I have been hit and sprayed. pic.twitter.com/JxzELa1ZEP— Samuel J. Robinson (@samueljrob) August 15, 2020
Some protesters are still at the scene but most have dispersed as of about 3:30 p.m., WOOD-TV says.
Police in riot gear have given a five-minute warning to clear the area until they start arresting people near East Water and Edwards streets. The Proud Boys have largely cleared out, overwhelmed by counter-protesters. @WOODTV pic.twitter.com/EVN8K0diHY— John Domol (@JohnnyDomol) August 15, 2020
Most of the activity has moved back to the original spot where confrontation between the Proud Boys and counter-protesters began—Water and Edwards streets. I have personally seen one arrest; the man was loaded into a van closer to Rose and Michigan. @WOODTV pic.twitter.com/IyZwqYokwr— John Domol (@JohnnyDomol) August 15, 2020