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Antifa perps charged with felony riot in San Diego attack…

SAN DIEGO — Prosecutors on Monday charged seven people, whom they described as ANTIFA, in connection with eight assaults that occurred in J anuary during a Pacific Beach “Patriot March” by Trump supporters.


Those arraigned Monday in San Diego Superior Court were among a group arrested Thursday in raids by police officers and sheriff’s deputies across Southern California. Prosecutors allege the defendants “are self-identified to be affiliated with Anti-fascists or Antifa,” according to a criminal complaint, and began organizing themselves — with one group originating in San Diego and the other in Los Angeles — a week before the pro-Trump rally.

The case is believed to be one of the first to use conspiracy charges — in this case conspiracy to commit riot — to target alleged members of Antifa.

Several of the attacks detailed in the complaint appear to match incidents that were recorded and shared online, such as a video of Antifa pepper spraying a dog and its owner. Prosecutors allege that act was committed by Jeremy Jonathan White, 39, one of the defendants who remained jailed Monday in lieu of $200,000 bail. White faces charges of conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, use of tear gas not in self-defense and animal cruelty.

A Los Angeles-based videographer captured a nearly two-minute-long attack by Antifa involving the use of pepper spray, a wooden folding chair thrown through the air, sticks, punches and kicks.


Those arraigned Monday were White; Luis Francisco Mora, 30; Joseph Austin Gaskins, 21; Faraz Martin Talab, 27; Bryan Rivera, 21; Brian Lightfoot, 25; and Jesse Merel Cannon, 31.

Also facing charges, according to a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office, are Alexander Akridge-Jacobs, 31; Christian Martinez, 23; and Samuel Howard Ogden, 24.

A $250,000 arrest warrant has been issued for Erich Louis Yach, 37.

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“Video evidence analysis shows that overwhelmingly the violence in this incident was perpetrated by the Antifa affiliates and was not a mutual fray with both sides crossing out of lawful First Amendment expression into riot and violence,” District Attorney Summer Stephan’s office said in a news release.

Stephan’s office said in the release that prosecutors file charges when evidence supports the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt, regardless of the political affiliation of victims, because “the right to peaceful protest must be protected.”





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