[Ed. – Follow-up to this story.]
In a hearing Friday, Sacramento County Judge Michael Savage said that the evidence does not support the argument that charges against Yvette Felarca — a Berkeley middle school teacher and vocal member of a violence-embracing activist group — and her Antifa co-defendents are the result of a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
Felarca is being charged with “assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, a felony, and inciting a riot, a misdemeanor,” for her role in a bloody streetfight with a neo-Nazi group in 2016, Berkeleyside reports. The violent melee occurred when Felarca’s Antifa group, “By Any Means Necessary” (BAMN), clashed with members of the white supremacist groups Traditionalist Workers Party and Golden State Skinheads, who had obtained permission to protest at the State Capitol in June 2016. The melee resulted in multiple people suffering serious injuries, including stab wounds.
The District Attorney has charged four people involved in the violence: three suspected Antifa members — Felarca, Michael Williams and Porfirio Paz — and one suspected Neo-Nazi, William Planer. Williams and Paz are charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, while Planer is charged with felony assault.