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Confrontation over Black Lives Matter rally occurs outside West Valley City PD

Police say individual appeared to spray protesters with aerosol can
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Posted at 9:21 AM, Sep 17, 2020

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — West Valley City police say a suspect in custody after spraying members of a Black Lives Matter group with an aerosol spray during a rally Wednesday outside police headquarters.

The rally in honor of Damien Evans began after just after 6 p.m. Evans was killed last month after he reportedly pulled a gun while being apprehended for a parole violation. Evans' family spoke to the assembled crowd during the protest.

Shortly after the rally started, a small group of counter-protesters appeared and confronted those supporting Black Lives Matters.

During a brief scuffle, video on Twitter appeared to show the counter-protester spraying an unknown substance at members of the Black Lives Matters group. The same person also reportedly pulled a gun during the melee, but police have yet to confirm that account.

Police attended to one man who was hit with the spray and became sick.

According to the West Valley City Police Department, the person who sprayed the crowd could face multiple assault charges.