By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man who police say wielded a stop sign as he attacked horses with the Pittsburgh Police Mounted Patrol and a cop car during the downtown protest that turned violent on May 30 has pleaded guilty.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Hot, Humid Conditions Continue
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office says Raekwon Blankenship pleaded guilty for his role in the protest that turned into a riot following George Floyd’s death.
According to the criminal complaint, Blankenship used a stop sign to hit a horse with the Pittsburgh Police Mounted Unit named Toby. He’s accused of throwing the sign “in a javelin-type style,” impaling a police car and cracking the front windshield as the officers inside escaped.READ MORE: Police Investigating Two Overnight Hazelwood Shootings
The criminal complaint also says video shows him jumping on the hood of an unmarked police car that was later torched.
Blankenship pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault on officers, criminal mischief, riot, propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle and illegally taunting a police animal. Some charges like recklessly endangering another person and animal cruelty were dropped.MORE NEWS: Department Of Defense To Conduct Planned Training Exercises In, Around Pittsburgh Area
His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 12.