Police in riot gear respond to Trump protest

May 25, 2016: NBC's Tracie Potts has the story.

Police donned riot gear and fired off smoke grenades in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday night after about 100 people protesting the White House bid of Republican Donald Trump broke through police barricades at the site where the candidate was speaking.

Police stopped the protesters at the door of the Albuquerque Convention Center and got the barricades back up outside the auditorium where Trump shared his ideas on how to "Make America Great Again," the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The developments were part of a night of clashes between anti-Trump demonstrators and authorities as Trump addressed a crowd of about 4,000. Trump dismissed the chaos, tweeting later: "Great rally in New Mexico, amazing crowd!"

Inside, authorities removed some protesters who they said repeatedly tried to interrupt trump.

Outside, protesters chanted “walk of shame” at Trump supporters as they walked along a sidewalk that leads to the Albuquerque Convention Center.

"This is an unlawful assembly," the Journal reported Albuquerque police spokesman Simon Drobik told protesters over a loud speaker as protesters tossed burning T-shirts at law enforcement.

They threw water bottles and water at some of them. One man, Dereck Scott of Alburquerque, who gets along via wheelchair, said he was hit with a plastic bottle.

Protesters also charged at police horse patrols.

Contributing: Associated Press 


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