In what was supposed to be a community send off of Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks who is retiring and taking a job in Boise, Idaho, it turned violent after protesters interrupted the event resulting in three arrests after an assault.
Antioch Police Corporal Vanderpool explained that during a planned event Friday evening at Williamson Ranch Park for Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks, which was planned by citizens, protesters showed up to the event.
“They began causing issues with some of the attendees. One of the attendees was physically assaulted by the taking of a cell phone from her and punching her in the face,” said Vanderpool.
According to Vanderpool, Shagoofa Khan physically attacked an attendee of the event and took her cell phone and punched her in the face. Once she was detained, another protester tried to interfere. That protester was identified as Frank Sterling who was arrested and taken into custody after being subdued with a taser because he became combative. Lacey Brown also interfered with the arrest and taken into custody.
All three were sent to the Martinez Detention Facility on multiple charges and the investigation is still ongoing.
Denise Cantrell, who was assaulted in an exchange, sustained a red mark to the face from Khan which was confirmed through multiple videos, photographs which were posted on social media.
“I am so embarrassed; I was standing there and Khan approached me while grabbing my phone and Antioch Police held me back while I attempted to retrieve my phone when Khan hit me in my face with an object. She also scratched me,” explained Cantrell. “My ear also hurts from the megaphone which was pointed at my ear during some of the protest. It’s just so embarrassing that these individuals would protest a going away retirement event for the police chief. No class at all.”
Cantrell said the incident ruined her phone and scratched her prescription glasses. She plans to press charges.
Velma Wilson, one of the event organizers, had her knee kicked by one of the protesters and was held up by holding onto the stage.
“My knee is super swollen and hurts to walk,” said Wilson Saturday morning. “It says a lot about the community that despite what others may think, that the citizens of Antioch are in support of not only Chief Tammany Brooks, but the Antioch Police Department. The audience was very diverse and no one was touting Black Lives Matter, instead, we focused on the community matters.”
Wilson called it an embarrassment as they had Congressman Jerry McNerney in the audience and caught in the middle of it.
“It’s just a shame, these individuals have no class as this was a retirement and going away celebration, who does that?” said Wilson.
No other information was readily available.