SAN DIEGO (AP) — An Ohio man accused of pepper-spraying 11 police officers during a San Diego protest last month pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges.
Denzel Draughn, 28, entered pleas to 13 charges and could face up to 11 years in jail if convicted, the San Diego County district attorney’s office said.
Draughn was taking part in an Aug. 28 downtown protest against police brutality and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin when officers stopped a driver who apparently was part of the protest and had been running red lights, prosecutors said.
Protesters confronted officers, and one officer used pepper spray, authorities said.
During a fight between another protester and police, Draughn picked up an officer’s dropped cannister of pepper spray and twice used it on a line of officers, hitting 11 officers and leaving one blinded for about 40 minutes, the DA’s office said in a statement.
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