FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The Fresno County District Attorney will not file charges against Fresno City Council President Miguel Arias after an incident involving protesters at his home according to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.
According to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, because the incident happened at Arias’ residence within a gated community and involved people who were either uninvited or unescorted.
The prosecution must prove that Arias broke the law when trying to force protesters from his property.
After carefully reviewing all of the investigative reports, including the witness statements given at or near the time of the incident, as well as numerous videos that captured the confrontation in real-time, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office has reached the legal conclusion that the prosecution cannot disprove that Mr. Arias used reasonable force to eject trespassers from the private residential property. As a result, battery charges will not be filed in this case.Fresno County District Attorney Office News Release
The release goes on to say that battery charges will not be filed in this case.
Arias responded to the charges not being filed against him.
The District Attorney’s decision to not pursue the baseless claims made by out of town agitators was the right one.
These individuals came to my home specifically to provoke a confrontation and in the process threaten my family’s safety. They used a real health and economic crisis to gain media attention for themselves. I am pleased that local leaders and residents of all political ideologies see right through these reckless tactics and recognize that Fresno is better than that.
I am glad we can put this unfortunate incident behind us and hope that these agitators got the message that they will not distract me or my colleagues from the important task of protecting our city’s health and safety during this pandemic.Fresno City Council President, Miguel Arias