Following a Stockton City Council meeting Tuesday night, police say they arrested three men who were part of a Black Lives Matter protest for an alleged assault on a homeless man. Nine people were arrested during what police called an unlawful march.
A police sergeant saw several protesters attack the homeless man in Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza across from City Hall, according to a department Facebook post. The men punched and kicked the victim while he was down.
Officers arrested three of the alleged attackers but two escaped. Three men arrested on suspicion of battery were Gabriel Mendez, 18, Joseph Pino, 18, and Christian Lorena, 22, all of Stockton.
Police said that while coming to the aid of the downed man and making arrests they were charged by other protesters. The protesters had to be pushed back and the injured transient was taken to a hospital.
Protesters then entered the street, blocking traffic. Officers tried to move the group onto the sidewalk but were not successful.
Protesters eventually made their way to the Police Department, about four blocks from City Hall. There, several protesters refused to clear the street and were arrested, police said.
A few ran onto a freeway onramp and police suspected they were about to run into freeway lanes. Two more protesters were arrested before that could happen.
Two protesters were taken to a hospital for minor injuries, police said.
Those arrested as part of the protest and offenses they are suspected of committing:
▪ Kenneth Marbley, 36, of Stockton, for resisting arrest
▪ Angie Sanchez, 22 of Stockton, for resisting arrest
▪ Dominique Johnson, 30, of Oakland, for resisting arrest
▪ Raymond Mauricio, 22, of Stockton, for resisting arrest and blocking a public right of way
▪ Lareesha Brown, 25, of Modesto, for resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer, and blocking a public right of way
▪ Serena Salinas, 19, of Stockton, for resisting arrest
▪ Trevor Johnson, 28, of Oakland, for resisting arrest
▪ A 17-year-old girl, of Stockton, for resisting arrest
▪ A 14-year-old girl, of Stockton, for resisting arrest and blocking a public right of way