A video from Maryland showing an older man harassing three young black girls who were hanging posters protesting the death of George Floyd, a man whose white fragility was so shaken that he snapped at the idea of black Americans protesting, has finally led to an arrest.
We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the below individual in reference to an assault that took place this morning on the Capital Creacent trail. Please contact Det. Lopez at 301-929-2774 with any information. Pease reference case number 20001297. pic.twitter.com/EtC9Q0xBOp
— Park Police MC (@ParkPolice) June 2, 2020
Police found clothing and a bicycle resembling those seen in the video at the home of Anthony Brennan III, a 60-year-old Kensington, Maryland resident. Brennan was arrested on three counts of second-degree assault, charges which could carry up to 30 total years in prison.
According to The Washington Post:
‘A 60-year-old Maryland man was arrested on three counts of misdemeanor assault Friday night amid allegations he attacked three people who were trying to post anti-police brutality fliers along a bicycle trail in Bethesda.
‘Anthony B. Brennan, of Kensington, came across the trio — ages 18, 19 and 19 — while riding his bike Monday along the Capital Crescent Trail just before 1 p.m., authorities said.’
This grown a*s man just did this to a little girl who was posting flyers in support of George Floyd. This is sick. No grown man has the right to touch children, ever. pic.twitter.com/gxUZ3fFpmf
— Frank Giugliano (@nyccookies) June 4, 2020
Once again, the reason a white man was arrested for assaulting black Americans was that they were lucky enough to catch the assault on video. The deaths of people like George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery may have gone entirely unnoticed if not for video of their murders.
‘One of the three recorded part of the ensuing encounter, which exploded across the Internet on Thursday as social media users spent two days trying to learn the man’s identity. Two men, including a retired police officer, were publicly named by Twitter users as the assailant — even though authorities would later say they had nothing to do with the incident.
‘It was not until after 9 p.m. Friday that police announced the arrest of Brennan, shortly after he turned himself in at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville. Based on the nature of the charges, he was expected to be released from custody on little or no bond.’
BREAKING: Maryland-National Capital Park Police have identified the suspect in the Capital Crescent Trail attack as Anthony Brennan III, 60, of Kensington, Maryland.
Police charged Brennan with three counts of second-degree assault. Each count carries up to 10 years in prison. pic.twitter.com/RzhyBLgznP
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) June 6, 2020
Both Brennan’s attorney and Brennan himself have offered apologies and recriminations for the grown man’s actions against three young girls, but the charges are still pending.
‘Brennan’s attorneys Andrew Jezic and David Moyse said their client “recognizes that his outrageous behavior toward the young adult victims on the Crescent Trail was unacceptable and wrong” and the “outrage felt in our community and across our country is completely justified.”
‘“I am sick with remorse for the pain and fear I caused the victims on the trail, and online,” Brennan said in a statement through his lawyers. “I am cooperating fully with authorities. I am committed to making amends by addressing, through counseling, the underlying issues that led to my abhorrent behavior.”’
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