while people were being assaulted? And their cars were damaged, and general rioting was going on?
Well, the mayor blamed the Trump supporters for the problem, and the police were standing around either because the brass wanted the mayor happy, or because they were incompetent:
… officers were confronted by some protestors who became violent,
aggressive and began to throw objects in their direction. A majority of
the violence occurred at the conclusion of the event. While several
physical assaults did occur, the police personnel on scene had the
difficult task of weighing the need to immediately apprehend the
suspect(s) against the possibility that police action involving the use
of physical force under the circumstances would further insight [sic]
the crowd and produce more violent behavior.
Etc. ad Bullshit.
And now both are playing damage control(seems having it pointed out that the mayor blamed the victims, and the PD didn't do it's damned job while people were being beaten, etc., caused them to realize this didn't look good), issuing statements and "If you have video, loan it to us so we can find the criminals." Yeah, I'm sure you're just going to run yourselves ragged trying to find them.