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Two hospitalized after driver rams through protests in California

By
Allen Cone

Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Two people were hospitalized after a driver rammed a car into demonstrations involving Black Lives Matters and counter-protesters in Southern California.

The {link:Orange County Sheriff's Department: The Orange County Sheriff's Department said the suspect, Latiana Turner, 40, of Long Beach, is believed to be a member of Black Lives Matter's "Caravan for Justice." Turner faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the incident in Yorba Linda just before 3 p.m. Saturday.

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A vehicle in the parking lot of the Yorba Linda Public Library rammed into the crowd of people, and was detained a short distance away.

Back Lives Matter was demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism and were joined by counter-protesters who support President Donald Trump and waved American flags. Both groups grew to about 250 people, according to the department. About 200 officers were monitoring the demonstrations.

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The two unidentified people were taken to a hospital with major injuries that were not described as non-life-threatening injuries by sheriff's officials.

"A male adult suffered two broken legs and one female adult suffered moderate injuries," Orange County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Dennis Breckner said in a report by KCAL-TV.

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After law enforcement received reports of physical altercations, including at least one person pepper sprayed by another protester, an unlawful assembly was declared and they were ordered to disperse.

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Jason Mancuso, 46, of Anaheim, was arrested after failing to obey the order.

On Thursday, another vehicle drove through a group of protesting people in Hollywood, striking two people as well. They were demonstrating against no officers will be directly charged with the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of the story, the suspect's protest affiliation was misidentified.

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