A Fresno gang member who was charged with assaulting a police officer during Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to Fresno in May was sentenced Monday to three years probation.
Rigoberto Vera, 24, later apologized to police.
Vera pleaded no contest June 20 in Fresno County Superior Court to a felony charge of assault on a government official. His two other charges, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer, were dismissed in a plea agreement.
Police say Vera taunted officers, tried to take an officer’s baton, then fled into the crowd during anti-Trump protests outside Selland Arena where Trump was speaking on May 27. Officers used video and audio footage of protests to identify Vera. He was arrested May 30.
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Police said Vera apologized for the assault and was taken into custody without incident.
Police said in June that Vera is a documented member of the East Side Bulldog gang. In 2012, court documents show he pleaded no contest to a felony count of carrying a loaded firearm in public. He was sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years of probation then.
Aaminah Norman-Taquee, 18, also was arrested in May on the same felony charges. Norman-Taquee pleaded not guilty. Her case still is pending.