MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis Police Department says that while the "vast majority" of protesters outside President Donald Trump's rally Thursday, Oct. 10, in downtown Minneapolis were peaceful, officers made one arrest and issued one citation.
In a written statement, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Friday said "the vast majority of people that gathered were peaceful and respectful," but officers engaged with individuals who demonstrated "aggressive or illegal behavior."
According to MPD Public Information Officer John Elder, officers arrested one individual for property damage and issued one citation for disorderly conduct outside the downtown Target Center, where the rally was held. Police and city officials said tens of thousands of combined rally attendees and protesters flooded into downtown Minneapolis for the event.
"Officers worked to ensure people’s First Amendment right to assemble, speak freely and protest," Arradondo said in Friday's statement. "MPD appreciates the community support demonstrated by the law-abiding attendees and their partnership to create a peaceful expression of passionate views."
According to Arradondo, some protesters threw bottles, rocks and containers of liquid believed to be urine at police officers, and some struck officers' horses with sticks. He confirmed that officers used chemical irritants on some demonstrators, and said officers "used appropriate levels of force ... while responding to, at times, violent and aggressive individuals causing harm to others in attendance."
In a written statement Friday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said "city staff served our residents and visitors with pride" during Thursday's rally and protests.
"From our police officers to Public Works crews, staff from each and every department stepped up in a major way to keep people safe and minimize disruption for downtown businesses, workers and residents," he said.
City spokesperson Jordan Gilgenbach said via email that the city does not have a "refined breakdown" of costs associated with Trump's visit as of Friday afternoon, which he said will take several weeks to finalize. He said the majority of costs were attributed to police staff time. Arradondo said Friday that in addition to MPD, officers across the metro assisted with security for the event.
Frey went back and forth with Trump on Twitter in the days leading up to the rally, after the mayor requested the campaign pay Minneapolis $530,000 upfront to cover security and other costs to the city — a price tag he said he estimated based off of the 2018 Super Bowl and Final Four. The Trump campaign refused, and on Friday, Gilgenbach said the city plans to work with AEG, the private company that manages the Target Center, to reimburse the city's costs.