Several people were arrested in Texas after a group of protesters who identified themselves as a White Lives Matter group faced down a crowd of Black Lives Matter supporters. In total eight individuals were arrested, all charged with misdemeanors, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
“Some protesters assaulted other protesters,” Sgt. Victor Taylor of the Texas Department of Safety said. “We don’t know for sure which side they were on. A lot of them were co-mingled,” he stated.
The protest began on Saturday morning during the presentation of a monument that honors African Americans and their contributions to the state. The memorial is near several other monuments, including some that honor confederate soldiers who served during the Civil War.
“The fact is African Americans have shaped this land that we are on today since long before it was even named the state of Texas. They fought for their own freedom. They fought for the freedom of Texas and the freedom of the United States of America,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said during the unveiling.