NEWS BRIEF The man who pied Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento mayor, this week says the former National Basketball Association star "has to do better to represent the people".
Just recently, Johnson received disgraceful treatment from a protester, who hit him with a pie on the face.
Sean Thompson, who allegedly struck Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a pie, talks to The Associated Press during a jail interview Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.
Sean Thompson, a 32-year-old local activist, was charged Friday with one count of felony assault against a public official and one count of misdemeanor battery.
However, Thompson said he felt bad for sending a message of violence "to a lot of people, and I'm sorry I scared a lot of people". She said he looked shocked and swung at the man multiple times, but she didn't see him land any punches.
Johnson's chief of staff, Crystal Strait, said after the incident, "Let me be clear, the mayor was assaulted".
The weird incident on the campus of Johnson's alma mater sparked widespread debate on social media over whether the mayor acted appropriately. Even if, as you told The Sacramento Bee, said pie-ing was "the least violent action I could take", such actions will not go unanswered.
A Sacramento Police spokesman indicated that a full report with witness statements and interviews will be sent to the District Attorney's Office, but it is unlikely that charges will be pressed against Johnson for his punches landed on the protester. It's the pie in the face, and it's hilarious.
As The Sacramento Bee pointed out, the Bay Area has a history of political pieing, most notably in 1998, when then-San Francisco Mayor Willie brown "was struck by cherry, pumpkin and tofu pies while giving a speech".
Vellucci wrote in an email that he met Thompson five years ago and described him as a nonviolent person who participated in some of the first Black Lives Matter protests in Sacramento in 2014 and in Occupy Sacramento rallies before that.
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