LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hundreds of demonstrators threw rocks and fired slingshots at police, who answered with pepper spray, rubber bullets and finally a charge on horseback, as street protests turned violent while President Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention.
Police chased the crowd from a fenced protest zone outside the Staples Center, where they had massed Monday night for a free concert by the anti-authoritarian band Rage Against the Machine.
At least 10 people were arrested and four injured.
The Los Angeles Police Department, which had kept a high profile on downtown streets throughout the day, quickly defended its actions and vowed that any further trouble would be met with an equally strong response.
The trouble began when about 300 of the approximately 8,000 people who had gathered at an officially designated protest site across from the convention hall began throwing pieces of concrete, water bottles and other debris over the 12-foot fence at police.
As the confrontation unfolded, speeches by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Clinton continued inside the Staples Center, with delegates generally unaware of the trouble outside. When they left, most delegates were ushered out gates on the other side of the convention hall from the protest site.
Police ordered the group to disperse and, after waiting for what Kalish said was 20 minutes, they moved in, firing rubber bullets from shotguns and swinging batons from horseback.
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