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A protester stands atop a barricade the night of May 31 in downtown Bakersfield.

Felony assault charges have been filed against two men accused of throwing rocks at Bakersfield police who were trying to disperse protesters early on June 1.

The Kern County District Attorney's Office said defendants Andres Garcia and Avion Hunter were each charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer.

Both were also charged with misdemeanors for alleged unlawful assembly, participation in a riot and resisting arrest.

Garcia is out on $32,500 bail, the D.A.'s Office said. His arraignment is set for June 26.

Hunter, whose bail was set at $50,000, entered not-guilty pleas at an arraignment Wednesday. He's scheduled to appear July 20 for a preliminary hearing.

The downtown Bakersfield event at which the men were alleged to have committed the crimes was one in a series of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests calling attention to civilians deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers.

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