Who is Brennen Sermon? (Black Lives Matter protester) Biography, Wiki
Brennen Sermon, 27, from Orlando, Florida, was arraigned on one count of assault on a law enforcement officer, the US attorney for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday.
The cop was holding a police line at 14th and F Street NW about 12:30 a.m. Aug. 28 when the suspect allegedly kicked his bicycle and fled.
When the officer caught up with Sermon, he allegedly punched him in the face, requiring stitches, according to the report.
The Republican senator from Kentucky said he feared for his life when a mob of Black Lives Matter protesters surrounded him in the nation’s capital after President Trump’s convention speech.
The protesters could be heard shouting, “No justice, no peace” and “Say her name,” referring to Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical tech who was shot in March when cops burst into her Louisville apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics probe.
Paul tweeted Wednesday night: ‘One of the brave DC cops who likely saved Kelley and me was assaulted by one of the violent mob. The attacker was arrested and charged with assault, then released. (If you’re looking for him, maybe try Kenosha).’
Paul tweeted on Wednesday night that Sermon had injured one of the police guarding him
Police claim that, shortly after midnight, a Metropolitan Police Department officer was holding a police line at 14 and F Street NW when a protester kicked his bicycle and fled.
The officer pursued, and police allege that Sermon punched the officer in the face, leaving him with a deep cut and a severe swelling above his left eye.
The officer was taken to hospital, and received stitches.
A Department of Justice statement said that a preliminary review of body worn camera showed that the individual kicking the bicycle and the individual throwing the punch appear to be wearing different color shirts.
Sermon is currently only charged over the punching allegation, the DoJ said.
Crowds of people tussled with law enforcement, and one officer had to go to hospital
If Sermon is convicted, he could face up to 180 days in prison. He could also face a fine of up to $1,000.
Paul said the demonstrators – who had gathered around the White House in an attempt to drown out Trump’s speech – were shouting threats to kill at him and wife Kelley as police tried to protect them.
Describing the moment, Paul told Fox News: ‘They would have killed us had the police not been there.’
‘The threats were to f— you up, to you know, to kill you. The threats were if they could get ahold of you, and I truly believe with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us, they would have gotten us to the ground.
‘We might not have been killed. We might just have been injured by being kicked in the head or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless. You’ve seen the pictures. Most of the networks will not show the pictures of this. This is happening in all of our cities. It’s got to stop and thank God for the police.
‘Had we not gotten to the police, I truly believe that the police saved our lives, and we would not be here today, or we’d be in a hospital today had the police not been there.’
Video shows the couple being surrounded by dozens of activists who began shouting at the pair as they tried to reach their hotel.
At one point an officer holding a bicycle to shield the couple from the demonstrators was shoved backwards, stumbling into Paul and almost knocking the Kentucky senator to the ground.
It is not yet known if this is the same incident which led to Sermon’s arrest