A grand jury has indicted 11 folks for allegedly attacking demonstrators throughout a march held in Pacific Seaside final 12 months by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, in response to the San Diego County District Lawyer’s Workplace.
Prosecutors say 29 felony counts have been filed in opposition to the defendants, together with conspiracy to commit a riot, use of tear gasoline and assault with a lethal weapon, stemming from the Jan. 9, 2021, conflict at a “Patriot March,” which was finally declared an illegal meeting by San Diego police.
Ten of the 11 defendants pleaded not responsible to the costs on Tuesday, whereas one other defendant is ready to be arraigned later this month.
In response to the indictment, the defendants responded to social media posts calling for “counterprotesting” about one week previous to Jan. 9, then confirmed up in Pacific Seaside “wearing black clothes, and armed with weapons and protecting gear.”
Police and prosecutors allege that two counter-protest teams from San Diego and Los Angeles gathered on the occasion and attacked folks perceived to be members of the “Patriot March” group. Some particular acts of which the defendants are accused embody throwing a wood garden chair at a lady and putting her, hitting somebody with a baseball bat, hitting somebody with a flagpole, and attacking folks with tear gasoline and a stun gun..”
The indictment alleges that the defendants “are all affiliated with Antifa” and used “power, worry, and violence to additional their pursuits and suppress the pursuits of others.” It continues, “The target of this conspiracy was to incite and take part in a riot.”
Although video footage that proliferated on social media across the time of the riot captured violence additionally dedicated by members of the pro-Trump crowd, the D.A.’s Workplace stated in a press release issued final 12 months that “video proof evaluation reveals that overwhelmingly the violence on this incident was perpetrated by the Antifa associates and was not a mutual fray with either side crossing out of lawful First Modification expression into riot and violence.”
The indictment was returned following 13 days of testimony heard by the grand jury, in response to the D.A.’s Workplace.
Prison fees in opposition to the defendants had been initially introduced final December by prosecutors.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.