Two arrested during rally, protest in McAllen

McAllen police arrested two men ahead of President Donald Trump's visit. (Monitor photos)

BERENICE GARCIA AND CRISTINA M. GARCIA | STAFF WRITERS

McAllen police arrested two men Thursday during what eyewitnesses said was a confrontation between a protester of President Donald Trump and a supporter, who crossed the street to a side occupied primarily by the president’s opponents.

McAllen Police Department Lt. Joel Morales said two people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. The two had not been arraigned as of Thursday evening.

Mariam El-Haj, an opponent of Trump standing on the side occupied by mostly protesters, said one of the president’s supporters was chanting before his arrest.

“He was recording and saying ‘build the wall, build the wall, you want the wall, you want the wall,’ but speaking in a microphone that way our voices would get drowned out,” she said, noting that the conflict arose from the protester not wanting to be recorded by the Trump supporter.

The two men were near a sidewalk located in front of Logan’s Roadhouse.

Trump supporters opposite protesters on 10th Street near Wichita Avenue were mostly unaware of what happened between the two men, who were on the ground while being arrested.

The arrests happened quickly as McAllen police were blocking off streets, directing traffic and ensuring the president’s onlookers stayed off roadways.

A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Identities of those arrested are not released until they’re formally charged before a municipal judge.