Kern County DA warning against unlawful activity ahead of Inauguration

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jan 19, 2021

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Kern County District Attorney's Office is warning residents against unlawful actions amid President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration.

The DA's office reminded residents that regardless of the ideology behind them or whether they occur during a protest, unlawful actions will result in significant criminal charges being brought.

"After the Civil unrest observed at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, law enforcement groups throughout the United States have prepared for potential protests and the possibility of violence toward government institutions and policymakers," the DA's Office said.

The DA's Office said from May through December of 2020, illegal actions committed by individuals from all sides of the political spectrum have resulted in significant criminal charges being brought. The Kern County District Attorney’s Office filed complaints in 21 criminal cases, including 11 felony and 10 misdemeanor cases connected to protests in 2020.

"Criminality directed toward any side of the political landscape will not be tolerated, and criminal consequences will follow illegal activities. Political protests are not a license to commit crimes," DA Cynthia Zimmer said.

Ahead of Joe Biden's Inauguration, Zimmer is urging the community to remain calm and avoid participation in any violent or armed protests that go beyond the right to peaceably assemble.