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Protester Shot In Groin After Kicking Tear Gas Canister At Police (Video)

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Anti-President Donald Trump protesters fought with police in Phoenix, Arizona, following the president's rally.

About 500 demonstrators gathered in front of the downtown Phoenix Convention Center on Aug. 22 to voice their frustrations about Trump, the Daily Mail reported. The protests were mostly peaceful up until the rally came to a close.

Police said protesters threw water bottles and rocks at them, prompting them to respond by using tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and pepper balls. One protester, who was seen kicking a canister of tear gas back at police, was shot in his groin with a rubber bullet.

"A guy just got shot with a rubber bullet," said one host. "So ... yeah, the officers are not, are not messing around at all."

Clouds of tear gas were seen all throughout the night as Trump supporters began leaving the Phoenix Convention Center. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said three people were arrested on charges related to the protest, and that another person was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

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Two officers were treated for heat exhaustion, Williams added.

More than 7,400 people had said on Facebook they would be attending the anti-Trump rallies, but only about 500 showed up. The low turnout could be attributed to the weather, as temperatures reached a scorching 107 degrees that day.

The protesters were overwhelmingly outnumbered by Trump supporters, who lined up for six city blocks to see the president. More than 8,000 people were already inside the convention center an hour before Trump was scheduled to speak.

One protester was seen parading back and forth with a sign that read: "Looks like we've taken this 'Anyone can grow up to be president' thing just a bit too far."

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Another sign read: "It's only 'Fake News' if he doesn't like it. Support freedom of the press!"

A 20-foot-tall Trump effigy donning a Ku Klux Klan robe was also seen at the rally.

Trump supporters brought signs, as well, some condemning the Black Lives Matter movement and the Muslim religion.

"BLM are racist thugs," read one sign.

"Every real Muslim is a jihadist!" read another.

One Trump supporter, Ray Martinez, was seen donning a shirt which read: "TRUMP 2016: F**k your feelings."

Martinez also held a sign with a message to anti-Trump protesters. That sign read: "Don't start no s**t, won't be no s**t."

Despite all the protests and tension that came with the rally, Trump took to Twitter on Aug. 23 to thank his supporters.

"Phoenix crowd last night was amazing - a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona," the president tweeted. "Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!"

Sources: Daily Mail, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Tim Ring/3TV via Daily Mail, Reuters via Daily Mail

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