20 Arrested as Crowd Turns Violent Outside Trump Rally in California

Police in the Costa Mesa and Orange County area arrested 20 people protesting presidential candidate Donald Trump. Hundreds of protesters blocked traffic in the streets surrounding the area where Trump held a rally. Fights were seen breaking out and some chanted “Racists go home!” Others repeatedly yelled “Whose streets? Our streets!” It is reported that some people waved American and Mexican flags. It is reported that at least one police car had its windows smashed, another police SUV had its tired punctured, and a crowd unsuccessfully tried to flip a police car. Additionally, police claim one cop was struck in the head by a rock. Camera footage shows rocks being thrown at the cars trying to get into the Trump event. It is reported by the LA Times that it was mostly Latino activists present at the rally.

The next day, hundreds of protesters forced Donald Trump to leave his motorcade and cross a freeway while he was trying to get to the Republican debate in Burlingame. They also reportedly tried to storm the hotel where Trump was supposed to give his speech. California is the last state to vote in the Republican primary, and the contest that awards the most delegates. In this notoriously liberal state, it seems as though Americans have lost patience for what they view as the conservative racism and bigotry that Trump represents. Protests are expected to continue as Trump makes his way through California.

Malicious Mischief (Also Known as Vandalism)

Under California law “malicious mischief” generally refers to “the act of vandalism, graffiti or defacing property.” Malicious mischief occurs when someone intentionally defaces, damages destroys another property. California Penal Code Section 594 considers:

  • Defacing property with graffiti;
  • Damage to property (including smashing a car window); or
  • Destroying property, as malicious mischief.

The penalties for California vandalism charges generally depend on the dollar value of the property damage that was done. If the damage is worth four hundred dollars ($400) or more, it can be a misdemeanor or felony punishable by up to three years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Damage over $400 is a felony.

San Diego Bail Vandalism and Criminal Defense Attorney

At The Law Offices of David M. Boertje, we understand that sometimes things get heated when there is a large crowd, controversial political issues, and you are merely at the wrong place at the wrong time. In situations such as large protests, it is easy for police to mistake specific people and accuse them of property or violence when they were not involved. We are dedicated to protecting your constitutional rights and freedom, and we will do anything we can to keep you out of jail. If you have been arrested or charged with vandalism or malicious mischief, contact our law firm today for a free and confidential consultation.