Pittsburgh welcome: Donald Trump visit marked by protests, police in riot gear

“They took the street, which we’re not thrilled about,” a police commander said of some 200 protestors.

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Sarah Anne Hughes

What began as a peaceful protest in response to Donald Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh Wednesday evolved into an at-times tense confrontation between police in riot gear and some protesters.

The tensest moments occurred outside the Duquesne Club, where Trump — after speaking at a shale industry event — attended a fundraiser. “Fuck the police” was a common refrain.

Pittsburgh Police Commander Ed Trapp told reporters that one person was arrested for entering the Duquesne Club. According to the Department of Public Safety, that person was Michael Bagdes-Canning, a 63-year-old man who “went through the revolving door of the Club and prevented its movement, trapping civilians who were not protesters.” Bagdes-Canning will be charged with “defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest,” according to the department.

“They took the street, which we’re not thrilled about,” Trapp said of the around 200 protestors. Once Trump’s motorcade left, Trapp said police informed those gathered that the presidential candidate was gone.

Protesters first gathered near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, where Trump spoke at a Shale Insight event.

“It is great to be here in Pittsburgh, the Steel City,” Trump said, according to prepared remarks. “Under a Trump Administration, we are going to bring back our steel jobs and we are going to rebuild this nation.”

Protesters then marched down Penn Avenue toward the Duquesne Club, located near the Wood Street T station, and blocked streets along the way.

See images and video from The Incline‘s Visual Producer Jasmine Goldband and other reporters below.

This post has been updated with information from the Department of Public Safety.