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BPD to send investigation of fight between opposing groups to DA's office

Posted at 3:15 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 18:17:39-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department is responding to a video of a fight between President Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter supporters.

BPD said it is still conducting an investigation, including processing video of the fight and recorded interviews, and will present the evidence to the District Attorney's office for review. It will then be up to the DA's office to determine if charges will be filed against any of the involved parties.

BPD said it has also received reports of personal information of the people involved being leaked on social media. Officials said they have received reports of threats and harassment against those people, all of which are being investigated as well.

The incident BPD is referring to is a fight that erupted at the corner of Rosedale Highway and Coffee Road Saturday. Video shows a heated confrontation between individuals holding Black Lives Matter signs and another group wearing Trump 2020 clothing and holding American flags.

The argument is only verbal until a man touches a dog, then a physical fight erupts.

BPD is hoping to reach out to community leaders in an effort to facilitate conversations between various opposing groups in order to de-escalate violence.

BPD also wants to remind the public that everyone has the right to peacefully assemble, regardless of political view.