Riverside police arrest 2 San Bernardino men after assault at June protest

Riverside police have arrested two men they say hit and kicked a man until he appeared to be unconscious during a June 1 downtown protest over the death of George Floyd.

Police saw a 35-second video of the fight on social media and were able to locate the victim, who had blurred vision, head pain, bruising, and a face laceration, according to a news release.

Using the video and city surveillance video, police tracked down suspects Kevin David Lee III and Maurice Tennessee, both 26 and living in San Bernardino.

Lee was arrested July 23 and Tennessee was arrested Tuesday, July 28, the release states.

Both were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and released on $25,000 bail, booking logs show.

The fight, which was in front of the Mission Inn, happened on the same day of the George Floyd protest downtown.

It is not clear if the suspects or the victim were demonstrators.

The protest drew 6,000 people who were peaceful until police enforced a curfew order, at which point some of the remaining 500 people threw water bottles and lit firecrackers at officers, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said.

Floyd was killed on Memorial Day at the hands of Minneapolis police. Four former officers have been charged in his death, including an officer who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

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