Crowds clash during Trump rally

Crowds clash during Trump rally

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Politics, passion and police. Those were the themes as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was joined by New Jersey governor Chris Christie as he brought his charged campaign to the Kentucky International Convention Center on Tuesday.

Outside of the center protesters amassed and inside they often disrupted his speech.

"I command those to do so and disperse immediately," a police officer told the crowd through a megaphone.

Trump's visit to Louisville on Tuesday wasn't a quiet one.

"I'm a registered Republican and Donald Trump is the worst thing that could happen to our country," Ralph Haffley, who drove to Louisville from Lexington, said.

Thousands got their tickets. Some were still on the fence, others already know who they will vote for.

"I want to show support. I'm ready for a change. I'm done with the same old, same old," William Windhorst said.

While there were a couple thousand people inside, there were a couple hundred people outside. Non-supporters were told to leave by Trump himself. Others said they weren't given a choice.

"This man here started pushing and putting his hands on people," Jennifer Adams said.

She said her son was ousted because he was wearing a Bernie Sanders shirt.

There was no violence and WAVE 3 News did not witness any arrests.

Police stepped in to separate the crowd. Tensions boiled over when the two crowds met after the event.

It didn't end there. Protesters then took over the intersection of 4th and Jefferson Streets.

Police shut down the street and turned on their body cameras.

"Everybody go home peacefully and have a good day OK," an LMPD officer told the crowd.

By 7 p.m., the crowd was gone, but for one teenager, his belief in the future of politics remains.

"It's really surreal but I mean, it's nice to see that people still exercise their first amendment rights," he said.

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