Asheville police say several people were arrested after protests in the city Saturday night.
The protesters were calling for the defunding of police.
In a Facebook post, police said officers were standing by during the protests, when they got a call from an employee at the Renaissance Hotel on Woodfin Street, saying protesters were inside the hotel, blocking guests from entering, and breaking windows.
Police said when they arrived, protesters began walking down Woodfin Street towards the Buncombe County Courthouse.
They said a number of bicyclists surrounded an Asheville Police Department vehicle.
Police said the officer gave multiple warnings for the protesters to move, and when they did not, officers began making arrests.
The post said when officers began making arrests, a group of protesters jumped on top of officers and “began assaulting them.”