CHP recommends charges against 106 people involved in 2016 Capitol melee

The California Highway Patrol is recommending charges for more than 100 people involved a fight at the Capitol last year.

The California Highway Patrol is recommending the Sacramento County District Attorney consider felony and misdemeanor charges against 106 people involved in the 2016 violent brawl at the State Capitol, officials announced.

According to CHP, the department submitted the recommendation after an eight-month investigation into the melee that led to 14 reported injuries, a few of which were stabbings. Along with the recommendation, the department sent along a 2,000 page investigative report and "hours of video footage."

The department is recommending the DA consider 514 misdemeanor and 68 felony charges against the 106 people they identified.

“We are asking the Sacramento County District Attorney to bring charges ranging from unlawful assembly to assault with a deadly weapon,” said CHP Captain Daniel Lamm.  “Our role is to protect free speech, but not when that speech involves violence.”

On June 26, 2016, hundreds of people converged on the capitol to protest an event hosted by the Traditionalist Workers Party, a group considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be white supremacists. Before the event could start, however, a large fight broke out on Capitol grounds resulting in injuries and thousands of dollars in damage.

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