One attendee, Arthur Schaper, said in a video posted to Facebook that he’d seen pictures of park murals on the Internet that he felt were anti-police and anti-American, and that he wanted to see them for himself.
He volunteers for the California Republic Party, according to his social media accounts.“What is happening in this country when American citizens cannot visit a park in their own state, in their own country, without threats and violence perpetrated against them?!” Schaper said in an email after the event.
A ring of about a dozen officers surrounded the group. Less than 10 minutes later, police advised the group they should leave and the males were escorted away. The crowd briefly took to the street to follow, chanting “fuera,” which is Spanish for get out.
More than two dozen San Diego police officers were visible in the surrounding area during the two events. Chief Shelley Zimmerman also was present.