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Journalist assaulted at Calif. protest

FULLERTON, Calif. — A protest over the acquittal of two former California police officers in the beating death of a homeless man turned violent Saturday when someone assaulted a TV camerawoman, resulting in at least 14 arrests, police said.

The protest against Monday’s acquittal of two former Fullerton officers in the 2011 death of Kelly Thomas drew about 200 people, police Sergeant Jeff Stuart said.

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He said most of the protesters were peaceful, but some took over intersections, blocked streets, and vandalized businesses.

Video broadcast by KCBS-TV showed someone whose face was covered by a bandanna striking the camerawoman. She fled into her news van, and her crew called 911 when a group surrounded the vehicle, Stuart said.

The attack prompted police to declare the protest an unlawful assembly. Officers in riot gear came to disperse the crowd and arrested those who did not leave, Stuart said.

Also arrested were the assault suspect and two others who allegedly scrawled an obscenity and an anarchist symbol on police property.

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