PHOENIX — Local activists say they will gather at Phoenix City Council chambers to protest how police handled protesters during last year’s visit by President Donald Trump and ask that taxpayer money not be used to host the leader in the future.

The activist group Puente says its protest of the visit six months ago will begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at council chambers in downtown Phoenix.

Thousands of Trump supporters thronged downtown on Aug. 22, 2017, when the president visited the city.

Police at the time used tear gas and pepper spray to break up confrontations that erupted in the crowd.