WATCH: Protesters Launch Fireworks at Chicago Police Guarding Columbus Statue

A stunning aerial view video captured by WGN TV news shows Protesters launching fireworks and other items at Chicago police officers guarding the Columbus statue in Grant Park.

WATCH:

Per BPR, at least 18 Chicago Police Department officers were injured and some taken to nearby hospitals for treatment Friday night after a mob of 1,000 left-wing extremists showed up at Grant Park in hopes of tearing down a statue of Christopher Columbus.

Watch scenes of the extremists surrounding the statue, attacking police officers and also grabbing a journalist’s camera from her hands

Alice Lin:

After realizing some of the CPD units left to guard the Columbus statue, the crowd marches/runs over, chants F*ck 12. Items are being thrown over

“We don’t want them to shoot us” as someone throws fireworks

Black Lives Matter rioters are stoning Chicago police who are defending a Christopher Columbus statue.

And on the other side, here were a few protesters who first blocked my camera and then proceeded to try to take it out of my hands — this was not live Afterwards, a few other protesters came to ask if I was okay and if I would refrain from filming protesters’ faces