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The Latest: Complaints over police response at Trump rally

Police form a line to contain protesters outside a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
June 03, 2016 - 1:44 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Latest on Donald Trump campaign rallies in California (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

San Jose, California, and its police department are facing mounting complaints of a tepid and tardy response to attacks on Donald Trump supporters after a political rally.

Videos circulating online show physical clashes happening in front of San Jose police officers dressed in riot gear. The officers stand stoically in a line outside the convention centre where Trump spoke Thursday night. Critics also complained that assaults occurred on side streets near the venue that lacked police presence.

The San Jose Police Department said in a statement Friday that officers initially didn't want to ratchet up the violence by responding aggressively and with physical force. Police arrested four people.

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11 a.m.

Hundreds are lining up for a Donald Trump rally in far Northern California but the atmosphere in the city of Redding is much different than it was in San Jose Thursday night when protesters pounced on Trump supporters.

There are no protesters in sight ahead of the scheduled Friday afternoon rally at the local airport, where a giant American flag flutters from a crane.

It's much more fertile ground for Trump's insurgent candidacy where rural conservative residents often feel slighted by government officials in Sacramento, 150 miles to the south, and Washington, D.C., a continent away.

Redding is the seat of Shasta County, the centre of a secessionist movement to create a 51st state called Jefferson.

In San Jose Thursday night, protesters threw eggs and punches at Trump supporters, grabbed their hats, chased them and banged on their cars.

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