Long Beach man arrested in stabbing attack at protest in front of Los Angeles City Hall

Los Angeles police today arrested a man alleged to have stabbed another man in the chest with a knife or sharp object during an altercation that broke out at dueling vaccine protests in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Aug. 14, the department announced via Twitter.

Eric Cohen, 30, of Long Beach has been booked on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles on a $1 million bail, according to police.

Police said several search warrants have been filed in Los Angeles and Orange counties in connection to the case. Detectives believe there was a second violent attack that took place during the same fight, however, no victims or witnesses have come forward, the department said.

Vaccine supporters had gathered for a “No Safe Space For Fascists”rally at the intersection of First and Spring streets, followed one hour later by a “Choose Freedom March” against “medical tyranny.”

At the peak of the rallies, about 500 anti-vaccination protesters were on City Hall’s South Lawn and about 30 to 50 counter protesters were at First and Spring streets, according to police. The LAPD deployed 100 personnel to the event.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.