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Charges reduced against woman arrested during 2020 protest

Police square off with protesters at the JEB Stuart monument in Richmond on June 21.
Police square off with protesters at the JEB Stuart monument in Richmond on June 21.(Andrew Ringle | Capital News Service)
Published: May. 28, 2021 at 10:11 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. - A woman who was charged last year with inciting a riot and assaulting a police officer during an overnight demonstration outside Richmond police headquarters has pleaded no contest to reduced charges.

Michaela Hatton, a 23-year-old social worker, was arrested last June on the 18th consecutive day of demonstrations in Richmond following the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

On Thursday, the charges were reduced to disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.

A plea agreement calls for Hatton to complete 50 hours of community service, complete the Richmond Police Department’s month-long Citizens Police Academy, and write an essay that reflects on her decision to disparage a Richmond police officer in a Twitter post in August.

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