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Richmond protest organizer accused of assaulting officer pleads no contest

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Posted at 2:03 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-17 12:53:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The organizer of a June racial injustice protest that led to a clash between demonstrators and officers outside Richmond Police headquarters entered a no contest plea in court Friday morning.

Michaela Hatton entered a no contest plea on felony charges of assaulting an officer and conspiracy to incite a riot.

The judge says Hatton's plea can stay a misdemeanor if she exhibits good behavior, attends a police citizens academy, does 50 hours of community service, and writes an essay about why attacks on police are bad.

Failure to complete the tasks will result in her pleas being felonies.

Hatton is scheduled to be formally sentenced on May 27, 2021.