Another teenager was arrested Thursday, June 9, after a Donald Trump rally in San Jose that took place on June 2. A day earlier, three teenagers were arrested after several people had been assaulted during the Republican candidate’s rally for acts of violence.
The suspect is a 16-year old boy from San Jose. He was arrested on Thursday for battery with a gang enhancement and vandalism of private property. Police suspect him of of involvement in two incidents of physical assault. According to the police, one of the attacks had gang overtones. The suspect’s name is not public because he is a minor. However, that doesn’t mean that he won’t face the full brunt of the law. Hopefully the police have the right person and that person faces the justice they deserve.
Trump Criticizes Arrest
Trump and his supporters criticized the department and Mayor Sam Liccardo on social media for not doing their job properly to protect people at the rally. He called the protesters “illegals” and “thugs”.
On Tuesday, the department released the names of four people arrested during the event. The search for suspects continued and, on Wednesday, the department arrested three teenagers. Two of them, 16 and 17 years old, residents of San Jose, will face charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon. The other teenage boy, a 16-year-old boy from Milpitas, will face a charge of misdemeanor battery.
Mayor Liccargo went on Twitter and condemned assaults but also noted that it is a pity that violence seems to follow Trump to all cities he visits. This passive-aggressive jab will surely not earn the mayor any favors from Trump’s supporters. However, it isn’t necessarily wrong of him to point out the facts. Trump’s rhetoric seems to inflame many into violence. Hopefully, it won’t escalate any further than it already is.