September 2nd, 2008
11:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Police used tear gas on marchers near RNC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Police may have used tear gas on RNC protesters."]ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Police on Tuesday night used tear gas to prevent demonstrators from trying to climb over a security fence around the site of the Republican National Convention, a police spokesman said.

Watch: Police pepper spray marchers

Police in riot gear and wearing gas masks told the crowd that if it did not disperse, they would use “a chemical agent” to break it up.

By the time the announcement was completed, shells contain tear gas were apparently being released

Tom Walsh, public information officer for the St. Paul Police Department, said that police took action when a “subset of the group” which had marched to the the Xcel Center made clear its intentions to breach the security fence.

Police also said they used “distraction devices” against the crowd.

More than 200 people were arrested when demonstrators clashed with police on Monday, police said, but no one was arrested on Tuesday.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. longhairs for obama

    police state?

    September 3, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |

    Apparrently, this reporter did not see the hoodlums that were destroying properties.

    September 3, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. Leah

    This kind of stuff MUST stop!

    Vote Obama-Biden '08

    September 3, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  4. cali Bar-rocks

    wow...the Dems had peaceful protest....

    September 3, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  5. Tom

    The CHANGE DEMS are out again tonight I see... This is the future of America under Obama!

    September 3, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  6. Sam, NY

    Lock em' all up--nothing but a bunch of juvenile delinquents–

    Obama 08'

    September 3, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  7. MikeH

    Good practice for when martial law is declared, should the Republicans win.

    Then all the arrested protesters will be "disappeared".

    September 3, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  8. Peter E

    Government oppression! Police brutality. What's that? It's not in China? It's us? Oh, then it's 'defending democracy' and 'maintaining order.'

    September 3, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  9. craig

    Now we know who will riot in the streets if the republicans win. The party of peace & solidarity.

    September 3, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  10. Jim

    Not much political about this, it's rather simple: you break the law and don't cooperate with law enforcement, you're going to pay the consequences...

    September 3, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  11. Paris


    September 3, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  12. Joe

    Glad to know as americans we have the right to protest peacefully!

    September 3, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  13. t.baker

    How unAmerican is that crap?

    Overkill – and someone needs to put a stop to that!

    September 3, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  14. Char Rife

    It was tear gas and pepper spray.

    September 3, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  15. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    Is this 1968 revisited- just with another party?

    September 3, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  16. Alexa

    whatever happened to peaceful protests?

    September 3, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  17. Tak, Minnesota

    Can you feel the love tonight?

    September 3, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  18. Ndalio

    RNC / GOP's way of solving problem! Not a surprise!

    September 3, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  19. lol election

    what came first, the teargas or the fence climbing?

    honesty if tear gas was thrown than people will be scattering all over the place to avoid it.

    So um...... where were the reports of protest at the DNC?

    September 3, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  20. zunguri

    Interesting how the left always decides it must disrupt the opposing point of view. Free speech except for anyone who disagrees.

    September 3, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  21. fmr. Hillary Supporter now for McCain

    Those Obama lovers just won't learn now, will they?

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 3, 2008 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  22. emmanuel

    JUST TELLS YOU HOW UNWANTED hurricane mcbush and mccain are.
    prepare for more protests until we throw you out of the white house come november 2008.


    September 3, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  23. Alex

    Oh my god, is this America or China? No it is Russia. Putin moved into White House while Bush is sleeping. It has to be Putin who ordered them to make America look bad.

    September 3, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  24. Walt

    What a warm welcome.

    September 3, 2008 04:25 am at 4:25 am |