Guy in MAGA hat allegedly unloads bear spray into crowd of anti-Trump protesters

A man wearing a “Make American Great Again” cap was arrested on Saturday after allegedly spraying bear repellant into a crowd of people protesting against President Donald Trump at the Santa Monica Pier in California.

NBC Los Angeles said five people were treated on-site, but no one was seriously injured at the pier, which is a popular tourist attraction featuring shops, restaurants and an amusement park. 

A police officer identified only as Sgt. D. Hicks told the Los Angeles Times the protesters were on the beach at first, but when they walked up onto the pier and encountered a group of Trump supporters, “everything went to crap.”

The footage was captured from several angles. One clip shows the suspect returning and appearing to spray again at someone who was already on the ground from the first dousing. 

Bystanders brought the assailant to a police station, which was just steps away from the scene. KTLA identified him as 32-year-old David Nicholas Dempsey, who was booked on suspicion of illegal use of tear gas, assault with a caustic chemical and parole violations. The station said he was on parole from a weapons conviction. 

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Supporters of President Donald Trump (C) clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman helps a pepper spray victim after supporters of President Donald Trump sprayed the crowd during a clash with anti-Trump protesters at a violent rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Anti-Trump protesters hold an impeach sign during a rally against his policies before a violent clash with supporters of President Donald Trump in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
A supporter of President Donald Trump is arrested after a clash with anti-Trump protesters during a violent rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
A supporter of President Donald Trump is arrested after a clash with anti-Trump protesters during a violent rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman helps a pepper spray victim after supporters of President Donald Trump sprayed the crowd during a clash with anti-Trump protesters at a violent rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Police help a pepper spray victim after after supporters of President Donald Trump sprayed the crowd during a clash with anti-Trump protesters at a violent rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Police help a pepper spray victim after after supporters of President Donald Trump sprayed the crowd during a clash with anti-Trump protesters at a violent rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
A supporter of President Donald Trump is arrested after a clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump (R) clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump (C) clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump (L) clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump (R) clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump (L) clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump (L) clash with anti-Trump protesters during a rally against his policies in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump (L) disrupt anti-Trump protesters (back) during a rally against his policies before a violent clash in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Anti-Trump protesters march during a rally against his policies before a violent clash with supporters of President Donald Trump in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019. - Several people were arrested after fighting and pepper spray was used by the opposing groups. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Jail records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department show Dempsey was being held without bail. He’s due in court on Tuesday. 

Police are working to identify a second man ― described as older ― who also may have sprayed into the crowd, The Los Angeles Times reported.

In footage from the scene Dempsey can be heard telling police he was “attacked” by “libtards” and “flag-burning commies.” The crowd cheered as he was cuffed.

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