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Viral Racist Cyclist Arrested and Charged with Assault
The cyclist was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, each carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
After a few days of Twitter P.I.'s doing their damndest, Maryland Police have identified and arrested Anthony Brennan III, the cyclist who was caught on tape aggressively grabbing and shoving a group of teenagers who were posting fliers against police brutality in a state park.
According to The New York Times, Maryland-National Capital Park Police tracked Brennan down after receiving hundreds of tips from people who had seen the viral video of him attacking the teens on a park trail. Police then issued a warrant for the search of Brennan's home to gather evidence, leading to Brennan turning himself in on Friday night. He was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, each carrying a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. The video of Brennan attacking the teens began to circulate early in the week, as demonstrations against police brutality ramped up across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd, the unarmed and handcuffed black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer who was kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.
In a statement delivered through his lawyer, Brennan claimed "I am sick with remorse for the pain and fear I caused the victims on the trail, and online." He added, "I am cooperating fully with authorities. I am committed to making amends by addressing, through counseling, the underlying issues that led to my abhorrent behavior."