Modesto protester says he was attacked at Oakdale demonstration

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The Latest on incident during Oakdale’s protest (June 4):

Oakdale police confirm residents Nicholas Gonzales, 33, and Joseph Lutz, 20, were arrested in connection to the incident. Police say Lutz was arrested on suspicion of assaulting officers.

“We also want to clarify that while Brandon Gray was initially arrested at the protest, further investigation revealed he was not an instigator in the fight. Gray was transported away from the demonstration to the police department and released a short time later,” the Oakdale Police Department stated.

Police also claim a person in the convertible threw an object at protesters, which was not caught in the video, then Gonzalez punched a passenger in the car.

Original story below

OAKDALE, Calif. (KTXL) — Brandon Gray says he was about to leave the protest in Oakdale on Wednesday when the scene turned violent.

“We just heard, ‘Shut the f— up, f—ing (racial slur),’ and I’m like, ‘What the hell?’ so I just look at them and just put my hand up,” Gray said.

Then, police say, came the punch.

Gray, a 20-year-old from Modesto, was in this convertible’s passenger seat when police say a man, identified by the Oakdale Police Department as Nicholas Gonzales swung at Gray.

Gonzalez was arrested on a battery charge.

“I looked around and just seen hella officers and one just smacked me with a baton, ‘bam’ right in the leg my leg just instantly started burning,” Gray said.

Video of the incident was widely shared on Twitter.

“I know there is some video out there. We have some video that we are looking at for more detail,” Oakdale Police Chief Scott Heller said.

Heller says his officers believe they saw an object thrown into the crowd that may have instigated the violence.

Gray says after the incident he was detained inside the Oakdale Police Station, adding what happened Wednesday will stick with him.

“I’m traumatized forever now. I’m different. I will never be the same after this, ever,” he said.


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