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Published: Sun, September 25, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Man who hit Sacramento mayor with pie is charged

Man who hit Sacramento mayor with pie is charged

Thompson hit Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a pie at a charity dinner Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 and an official said the former National Basketball Association star went on the defensive.

Thursday night, Sacramento Magazine released photos of the altercation happening.

Johnson helped subdue Thompson, who says the mayor hit him at least twice and had bruises on his face, and the 32-year-old activist was arrested and charged with a felony count of assaulting a public official.

Thompson faces felony charges for assault on a public official for hitting Johnson in the face with a pie on Wednesday.

Thompson said he told Johnson before the attack "he has to do better to represent the people".

In another report by Yahoo News, Johnson's Chief of Staff Crystal Strait was shocked and still shaken by what had happened.

Sean Thompson's bail will remain at $100,000.

Guests at this year's Seeds of Hope fundraising dinner hosted by Johnson were left stunned when Thompson revealed his alleged weapon: a coconut cream pie.

It's the pie throw heard around the Sacramento area. "I still stand by what I did", said Thompson.

Thompson says he was angry Johnson devoted so much political energy to an National Basketball Association arena and not to other needs like education and homelessness.

A pie in the face of a former National Basketball Association star lands one man in jail. Asked if he would do it again, Thompson said, "Absolutely".

A different witness said that the pie had whipped cream as a topping.

"All of a sudden I looked and you could see he was kind of wiping something", said Erika Bjork of the Sacramento Republic soccer team.

Thompson said he is actually proud of what he did, and the attention he's gotten for throwing what he says is his favorite pie - something he would have eaten if he hadn't thrown.

"I don't think it was an appropriate response to a pie in the face".

Claire White, a Bay Area attorney who works with military veterans, says she will defend Thompson, who she described as a fellow Air Force veteran and friend, and is taking the case pro bono.

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