Three protesters who demonstrated at the neo-Nazi rally at the Capitol a year-and-a-half ago are still crying foul at the Sacramento District Attorney. They face felony and misdemeanor charges related to the event — and want them dropped.
A crowd of more than 50 showed up outside the Sacramento County Main Jail on Friday to support Yvette Felarca, Porfirio Paz and Michael Williams, who were accused of rioting and assault based on their actions in 2016. The three were among the many counter protesters who engaged in violent fighting with the neo-Nazis hosting the rally.
Now, they’ve filed a motion to dismiss the charges on the basis of discrimination and lack of evidence.
“Standing up to stop fascism and white supremacists in this nation is not a crime, it is an obligation,” Felarca said.
She and her supporters are calling the case against them a “political witch hunt.”. Those outside the jail on Friday also protested President Donald Trump.
The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office wrote in a statement that it plans to file a written opposition to the motion for dismissal.
“Virtually every assertion made in defendants' motion is false,” the statement read. “Our objective is to have the facts of this case heard in a court of law by an impartial judge and jury from the community rather than on the street corner or in the local press.”