2 accused of battering OPD officers at pro-Palestine rally in downtown Orlando

Two people were arrested on Saturday afternoon for allegedly battering a law enforcement officer during a pro-Palestine protest that was held in downtown Orlando.

According to the Orlando Police Department, a crowd of approximately 1,200 individuals gathered at Lake Eola Park for the rally on Saturday, May 11.

“While most demonstrated peacefully, we did make 2 arrests,” stated OPD in a media release.

Orlando police further stated that a “handheld chemical agent” was deployed to disperse a “disruptive” group.

There were no injuries reported.

No further details, including the identifies of those arrested, have been released by law enforcement.

In a statement released on Saturday evening, the Orlando Police Department stated that it is “committed to keeping everyone safe who chooses to peacefully assemble in the City of Orlando, while also maintaining the safety of residents and businesses.”

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