In accordance to court docket information, Martin’s and Smallwood’s conditions were being licensed ready for trial Aug. 18.

Waller’s defense attorney, Arturo Corso, stated his consumer and co-defendants “got swept up in the emotion of an or else tranquil protest march past year contacting attention to George Floyd’s unlawful killing by a Minneapolis law enforcement officer.” 

“After the march, they gave into a frenzy of their personal emotion and did a really, extremely stupid matter by firing a flare gun into an unoccupied, parked police motor vehicle,” Corso said in a statement. “There is a storied heritage in this region of nonviolent protest in opposition to the government.  Non violence and non cooperation is effective.  Peacefully raising your voice in opposition to injustice is effective.  But when you stoop to equivalent the actions of these you complain about, you endlessly surrender the moral high floor and betray all your brothers and sisters who have taken up your lead to.”

Corso claimed Waller admitted what he did so he could “be an example to other younger people today not to make the identical mistake and slow the development of police and prison justice reform.”  

“It is ironic that the patrol vehicle was of the Gainesville Law enforcement Office since they have definitely taken initiatives to lead in this region by use of overall body cameras, de-escalation education, group policing, inter-departmental accountability, and management that accentuates dignity and regard for all persons,” Corso explained. “It’s not like that in other areas all around the condition and throughout the state.”

In a sentencing memo submitted with the courtroom, Thompson’s defense attorney, Jay Strongwater, explained his consumer gave a “complete and exact uncounseled statement” to the FBI that has been reliable.

“Thompson has acted equally rashly and impetuously,” Strongwater wrote in the memo. “During the George Floyd protests in Gainesville, he foolishly participated in the flare gun taking pictures by egging on his codefendant to hearth into the patrol auto. In his additional rational times, he realizes there are accurate and legal ways to protest.”

Strongwater did not instantly answer to a ask for for comment Tuesday, Aug. 31.

The co-defendants were requested to fork out joint restitution of $3,678.17, which was the full harm to the police car or truck.