Ventura County sheriff’s deputies were called to Lynn Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks near Los Angeles, according to TV station KTLA.
There, an estimated 100 supporters of healthcare reform affiliated with MoveOn.org had gathered as part of a nationwide array of pre-Labor Day rallies to attract attention in support of Obama’s reform plans currently before Congress.
Instead, the rally attracted the attention of a group of anti-healthcare-reform protesters across the street.
Initial police reports say that one pro-protester moved into the group of anti-protesters.
Some angry words were exchanged.
One protester punched another, a witness told KTLA.
A scuffle ensued. And the pro-protester had a finger bitten off. (Updated at 8:18 a.m.: Conflicting later reports indicate the biter was a healthcare proponent and the now nine-fingered man an opponent.)
The injured man walked to Los Robles Hospital with his finger for, well, healthcare.