NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Four people have been arrested after political demonstrators met with counter-protesters on the New Haven Green Saturday afternoon.
According to New Haven Police, a far-right political group identified as “The Proud Boys” arrived on the New Haven Green just after 12 noon Saturday, and were met with three to four dozen counter-protesters who were against the group. Officers said that neither group had secured a permit to use the New Haven Green.
Tensions ran high as the counter-protesters engaged the demonstrators. Dozens of New Haven officers were called in to separate the groups. From smoke grenades to paint-filled balloons, the scene became chaotic.
Police say four people were arrested for disorderly conduct and interfering with police work. One of those arrested was sent to a hospital for treatment for pepper spray. Another person was found with what officers described as “firework-like” explosives in his backpack.
One officer was hurt during the incident, but police said the injury was not caused by any of the demonstrators or counter protests.
News 8 spoke with a woman who was one of the four people arrested Saturday.
It happened so fast. I don’t know how many officers had my arms behind my back; and they was twisting them, putting pressure on me, and I’m standing there saying I’m not resisiting. I don’t know why you’re doing this.”
Officers escorted members of the Proud Boys to their vehicles, where they promised not to return.