6 people face charges arising from protest at Texas Capitol

The Texas Freedom Rally protesters demonstrate against additional restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic on the south steps of the state Capitol on Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Austin, Texas. As more sectors of the Texas economy reopened from the freeze of the coronavirus pandemic, a few dozen anti-government demonstrators rallied Saturday at the state Capitol to demand that all limitations be lifted. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Six people have been arrested on a variety of charges as the state’s crackdown on protesters at the Texas Capitol continued.

The six were arrested over the past two weeks on charges arising from actions alleged to have occurred during demonstrations on May 30-31 against police brutality against Black and Hispanic persons, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday. All have been released on bond.

Gabriel Brett Krug, 22, of Temple, and Jordan Chance Teal, 18, of Austin, were charged with felonies. Krug was charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor riot after he was accused of damaging state property at the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion. Teal was charged with felony assault on a public servant in the injuring of a state trooper.

Messages to their attorneys were not immediately returned.

Meantime, Syed Imran Ali, 24, of Spring; Cassidy Julia Nordstrom, 26, and Nickia Kasha Hunt, 25, both of Austin; and Bryan Becerril, 17, of Pflugerville, face assorted misdemeanor charges, such as riot and criminal mischief. A message to Becerril’s attorney was not immediately returned, while court records list no attorneys for Ali, Nordstrom or Hunt.

Following the May 30 protest, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called in the National Guard to help guard the Capitol and reinforce state and local law enforcement officers.

The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.