A family of seven—including four children—were pepper-sprayed by rioters on Sunday while taking part in a “Jews For Trump” rally in New York City, Fox News reported.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said 11 people had been taken into custody after the rally descended into chaos and mayhem Sunday afternoon. Six people were charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of government administration and harassment, while a seventh person ended up being charged for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, according to the NYPD.
A convoy of hundreds of cars draped with American flags and “Trump 2020” banners rolled slowly through Manhattan and Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon. The caravan traveled from Coney Island to the Trump Tower in Manhattan before heading to a rally in a Brooklyn park.
At some point along the way, skirmishes and altercations broke out between supporters and opponents of the president.
Fox News reported that a member of the family who was pepper-sprayed told the outlet that the unprovoked attack occurred while the family was driving down Fifth Avenue with the car windows down and Trump flags displayed.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, fearing his family could and would be targeted, said a car pulled up next to them and unleashed pepper spray into their vehicle.
“Immediately the kids started crying and screaming and I jumped out of the car after I was peppered [sic] sprayed as well,” the man said.
The man stated that the attacker chased him down the avenue trying to pepper-spray him again. His mother flagged down an officer, and the suspect was arrested.
NYC Scanner tweeted: “Woman arrested for spraying pepper spray at the #JewsForTrump vehicle convoy on 5 Avenue in Manhattan.”
The man said that the kids are “now left traumatized” and were still “coughing from” the residue.
The encounter was one of many violent confrontations between the rally’s participants and protesters. The Jewish Telegraph Agency reported that a convoy was to take place in several Orthodox Jewish communities ahead of a planed event in Brooklyn’s Marine Park. The event was organized by Boris Epshteyn—an adviser to the Trump campaign and co-chair of Jewish Voice for Trump.
Multiple alarming video clips of the convoy posted by the NYC Scanner show crowds of people not taking too kindly to the rows of vehicles with hoisted “Trump 2020” flags.
In one video, a man can be seen seeming to throw eggs at the convoy in Brooklyn.
Another video shows pedestrians appearing to throw rocks at vehicles displaying a Trump flag.
Fox News reported that one man—riding a bike—appears so incensed that the “pro-Trump” vehicles have congested traffic on the Brooklyn that he resorts to punching a window.
A woman was arrested in Manhattan for allegedly using pepper spray on the convoy, according to police.
It was later reported that a dispute broke out between the pro- and anti-Trump groups in the middle of the street. Masked protesters could be seen in one clip converging on a vehicle doused in red paint as “YMCA” is blasting in the background.
“Go home! We don’t want you here!” somebody in the crowd shouts.
“Go back to Long Island!” another person shouts.
A video posted on Twitter shows a pro-Trump caravan led by former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani being pelted with eggs.
Giuliani can been seen rolling down the window from the passenger side of the vehicle. He briefly speaks to a police sergeant before the car drives away. Protesters can be heard shouting expletives at the former mayor.