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One charged with civil rights violations during protests takes plea deal

Screenshot from video

A man and woman confront a Joe Biden supporter in this screenshot of a viral video shown in court during the preliminary hearing for four suspects accused of committing civil rights violations.

One of four defendants charged with violating protesters' civil rights during an alleged November 2020 incident surrounding the Black Lives Matter demonstrations took a plea deal Tuesday.

Dustin Marion pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor of fighting or challenging a fight in a public place, during the fourth day of a preliminary hearing in his case. Charges such as violating civil rights, conspiracy and stalking were dismissed. He was sentenced to 14 days in jail and one year probation, according to an email from Kern County Superior Court spokeswoman Kristin Davis.

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