Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Two Plead Guilty to Assaulting Officers at Anti-Trump Protest

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Two Plead Guilty to Assaulting Officers at Anti-Trump Protest

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Two men arrested for attacking police officers as part of an anti-Trump protest last year in Pittsburgh pleaded guilty Monday to simple assault and resisting arrest.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani ordered Kennon Hooper, 32, of West Oakland, and Maxwell Yearick, 30, of Perry South, to serve three to 12 months in jail, spend one year on probation and perform 100 hours of community service.

Pittsburgh police officers were working what they call the "skirmish line" between protesters at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, on April 13 while then-candidate Donald Trump was in town for a rally. The officers were keeping supporters and protesters separate when a protester deployed a type of pepper or chemical spray.

Officers attempting to stop interaction between the groups were thrust into a physical confrontation. …

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