- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville’s sheriff is looking at new ways for his department to handle violence at protests after six people were arrested at a park during a protest of U.S. military action in Syria.

The Florida Times-Union (https://bit.ly/2p2Uj99) reports that the protests on Friday escalated into a confrontation between a counter-protester holding a Donald Trump flag and anti-war demonstrators.

Police say officers were struck as they tried to break up the melee. Video showed an officer punching a protester who police say resisted arrest. No one was seriously hurt.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says the violence reflects a new dynamic that is prompting him to look at how protests are managed.

The ACLU of Florida says it is concerned about the arrests and is investigating.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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