12 Black lives Matter protestors were arrested by Stockton police, including three individuals who supposedly assaulted a homeless man. The demonstrators were protesting at a Stockton City Council meeting on Tuesday, demanding answers for the death of Colby Friday, who is said to have been shot by police in August last year.
The demonstrators were demanding justice in a protest that started peacefully, but later turned violent. San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office is currently investigating the matter
Police posted on Facebook that the five suspects attacked a homeless man although he was not involved in the protest. According to the police, officers intervened when the supporters kicked and punched the man as he was on the ground.
The Heat Street reports:
Three people were arrested while two suspects escaped the crime scene with the help of protesters who “charged the scene and interfered with officers,” police said.
Police charged Christian Lorena, 22, and Gabriel Mendez, 18, with battery and resisting arrest. Another suspect, Joseph Pino, 18, was charged with battery.
Following the alleged assault on a homeless man, Black Lives Matter protesters blocked the streets, which led to nine additional arrests for allegedly resisting arrest and blocking a public right of way.