A Southern California man has been arrested and charged with assault after displaying a rifle and shouting at a group of protesters who were marching through a neighborhood in San Bernardino County.
According to KABC, 39-year-old Jacob Bracken has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon resulting from the incident, which occurred on June 1.
Bracken, who resides in the nearby town of Rancho Cucamonga, California, was at a home in Upland, California, Monday when hundreds of demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis inundated the neighborhood.
In a news release, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office described the protesters as “peaceful,” and Bracken as the aggressor, but video and witness testimony of the incident does not necessarily support that assessment.
Bracken is seen on a now-viral video posted on Twitter taking the weapon from a pickup truck and shouting at the crowd to back away from the home’s driveway.
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