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Monday, March 27, 2023

Antioch: Two arrested, police vehicle damaged after weekend protest

Antioch: Two adults were in the county jail after being arrested on charges related to one of two weekend demonstrations where a police vehicle was damaged and an officer was attacked, officials said.

In a statement on Sunday, a city spokesman said police began responding to a side show at Lone Tree Way and Bluerock Drive around 10 p.m., followed by a second incident on East 18th and A Streets.

Two suspects who fled a sideshow were chased by California Highway Patrol Resources, who took them into custody in Sacramento County, according to a city spokesman. The two were later taken to the Martinez County Jail, where they were charged with reckless escapades by police and on suspicion of attacking a peace officer with a deadly weapon. Neither the spokesperson nor the police provided any details of any injuries to the officer or other side show participants.

The Municipal Corporation officials expressed grief over the incident that took place on Sunday. “The city of Antioch will not tolerate any act of aggression towards our police officers,” Interim Antioch Police Chief Dr. Steven Ford said in a statement through a spokesman. “The Antioch Police Department intends to work with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office to ensure that those participating in this crime receive the full weight of the law.”

A social-media account that posted the statement on behalf of Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe said Ford had already informed them on Sunday, and that Thorpe would say more about the sideshow on Monday.

“Unfortunately, a patrol car, which was occupied by an officer, was damaged by passers-by, who threw bottles and other objects at the car. This will not be tolerated,” read the part in the statement. “There is an investigation which is going beyond just those arrested and those persons will be held accountable. While the city has been able to prevent this type of mass [scale] Over the past year, the city will continue to use every measure possible to ensure that the residents of Antioch find peace and quiet in their neighbourhoods. ,

Antioch Vice Mayor and Counselor Mike Barbanica also weighed in. “Is this our community? Nearby police officers. When members of a community think it’s okay, enforcement needs to accelerate significantly,” Barbanica said in part.

Both accounts posted a snippet of a side-by-side video that shows several people kicking and kicking a slowly-moving police patrol sport-utility vehicle.

“It is funny. Zero tolerance approach is needed. I hope APD will investigate and identify every person in this video who is committing crime and write cases against each one. This patrol unit has suffered a lot. “

Anyone with information can call the police’s non-emergency line at 925-778-2441 or message 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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