Both San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose police have released statements explaining why law enforcement did not respond more rapidly to the riot that followed a Trump rally Thursday night. And the Mayor has stated police will investigate crimes committed during the incident.
SJPD initially limited its release of information regarding the violent clashes to noting an officer was assaulted and a “few” people were arrested.
Liccardo commended police in his original statement, but seemed to have it both ways in blaming Trump and the people who participated in assaults taking place in the streets following the rally.
In an email blast Friday morning, Liccardo came out more forcefully in a “supplemental statement” condemning the violence, the San Jose Insider reports.
Liccardo added that San Jose police and the District Attorney’s office are now investigating incidents of violence.
“Our police department and District Attorney's office will proactively and thoroughly investigate and prosecute the offenders, and Police Chief Eddie Garcia has called for all members of our community who have video and other evidence to submit that information to the authorities so it can be used for arrest of the violent perpetrators,” he said.