BISMARCK — No arrests have been made after a fight erupted Saturday, Nov. 7, on the grounds of the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck, where multiple people received minor injuries during a pro-Trump demonstration.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol, which provides security for events on Capitol grounds, said Monday, Nov. 9, that officers were still investigating the fight and gathering information about it. Specifically, investigators are looking for videos that document what occurred, as there will likely be conflicting viewpoints on what exactly happened, said Sgt. Tim Coughlin, director of North Dakota Capitol security.
A fight between Black Lives Matter protesters and President Donald Trump supporters began Saturday after tensions rose at the rally attended by more than 300 people, most of them gathered in support of the president and his claims — lodged so far without proof — of large-scale voter fraud in Pennsylvania and other states that went to Joe Biden.
Some people walked away from the fight with minor injuries and bloody noses.
Once officers finish gathering evidence, they will send their reports to the Burleigh County State's Attorney's Office where prosecutors will decide whether anyone involved will face criminal charges.
The fight began while U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong spoke to the crowd about how the election "isn't over," as Trump has filed multiple lawsuits demanding ballot recounts.
Armstrong attended the rally along with other prominent North Dakota Republicans such as Sen. Kevin Cramer, Sen. John Hoeven, State Auditor Josh Gallion and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford.
Both Cramer and Hoeven said in separate statements that they are grateful for the law enforcement officers who were there to help keep people safe.
Jake Wilkins, communications director for Cramer's office, said Cramer was not present at the event when the brawl broke out.
"(H)e appreciates the law enforcement officers who helped keep the peace there and protected rally goers from left wing-agitators," Wilkins said in a statement.
Armstrong could not be immediately reached for comment about the violence at the rally.