A crowd of demonstrators clashed with police Monday evening in north Tempe. What began as a peaceful protest in Tempe Beach Park escalated into violence after protesters left the sidewalks and moved into the roadways. People in the crowd were yelling profanities and throwing things at bicycle officers. Officers were seen using pepper spray to disperse the crowd, and were even seen tackling a protester who was wearing a football helmet during one confrontation.
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During the melee, Tempe police say that one officer was injured when an unknown projectile thrown by protesters struck the officer in the face, causing a laceration requiring medical attention.