FARGO — Errick Toa, 31, of Fargo, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of civil disorder stemming from unrest in downtown Fargo on May 30.
According to information released by U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley:
Toa, who is originally from California, took part in rioting that erupted in Fargo in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
What began as a peaceful protest in Fargo turned violent when Toa and others jumped on top of a police vehicle, causing damage.
In one instance, Toa is seen on video stomping on the windshield of an occupied vehicle, shattering the windshield.
Sentencing for Toa, who was originally charged in state court before the case was moved to federal court, was set for April 13.
"Peaceful assembly and protest help form the foundation of our democracy, but intimidation is not speech, violence is not speech, and destruction is not speech," Wrigley said.