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Cops fire pepper balls into crowd to break up Phoenix protest against police brutality

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Officers broke up a protest against police brutality over the weekend in Phoenix after demonstrators stood in a downtown street.

The march, which was organized on Facebook by Wave of Action PHX, began peacefully Saturday evening.

But police attempted to block about 40 to 50 demonstrators at an intersection, and officers tackled and arrested several protesters when they tried to cross illegally and stood in the intersection.

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Some of the demonstrators threw flagpoles they were carrying at officers, reported the Arizona Republic.

A police officer dressed in tactical gear then fired pepper balls from a paintball gun at the crowd, reported The State Press.

A spokesman for Phoenix police said the demonstrators have free speech rights, but he said they must also obey the law.

“When (the protest) becomes disruptive, we have a duty to step in and protect everyone’s rights,” said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, of Phoenix police.

The six demonstrators, including a juvenile, who were arrested were charged with obstructing a public thoroughfare and failing to obey a police officer.

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The protesters who threw flags at officers fled and have not been identified, police said.

Watch video of the incident posted online by E369102:

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Conservatives rage after Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright compares armed protest to Klan rally

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Actor Jeffrey Wright kicked a hornet's nest of conservative fury by comparing an armed protest in Virginia to a Ku Klux Klan rally.

The star of HBO's Westworld three James Bond films mocked the Richmond gun rally in a tweet linking to a Washington Post article on the armed demonstration, and noted the event was scheduled on Martin Luther King Day.

“The organizers aren’t at all bothered that a gun circle jerk in Richmond, VA on #MLKDay has a Klan-rally smell to it?" Wright tweeted. "Wonder why."

The organizers aren’t at all bothered that a gun circle jerk in Richmond, VA on #MLKDay has a Klan-rally smell to it? Wonder why. https://t.co/1kq9pu1is1

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‘Dead wrong’: House Dems release scathing rebuttal to White House’s widely panned legal brief

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The Trump White House's latest defense of the president ahead of his impending impeachment trial has been widely panned, and has even sparked speculation that Trump himself had a hand in writing it due to its low-grade legal analysis.

A legal brief filed by President Donald Trump's lawyers late last week called impeachment proceedings "constitutionally invalid," even though impeachment is literally a part of the Constitution, and also accused Democrats of engaging in a "brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election," even though Vice President Mike Pence would take over in the event that Trump was removed by the Senate.

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White nationalist speaker heckled for denying Holocaust at Virginia gun march: ‘You are literally a neo-Nazi’

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A white nationalist speaker who has been affiliated with neo-Nazi rhetoric was caught on video denying the Holocaust at a pro-Second Amendment march in Richmond, Virginia.

The remarks were made by former Proud Boy Jovanni Valle, who goes by the name Jovi Val. Video clips of Valle's speech were shared on Twitter by writer Robert Evans.

"You wear a swastika and walk down the street," a man can be heard telling Valle. "You took it off and now you are like, oh no. You are denying the existence of the Holocaust."

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