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Commissioner calls for explanation into charges against journalist’s attackers

By Bob Conrad

Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler today requested an explanation into why journalist Don Dike-Anukam’s attackers are only facing misdemeanor charges for battery

Dike-Anukam was assaulted during downtown riots on May 30. His attackers were identified on social media and now face misdemeanor battery charges.

Videos show Toni Sisson, 20, and Joseph Salazar, 25, of Visalia, California, breaking into City Hall during the riots, rifling through drawers in the main lobby and then proceeding to attack Dike-Anukam outside the building for capturing video of the rioting. 

They are also facing charges for assault in Visalia for a road-rage incident in January.

“They didn’t want him videotaping them so they attacked him and beat him up,” Berkbigler said. “I’m a little concerned about the fact that we can’t get these people back over here because what they did is considered a misdemeanor in the State of Nevada, and we can’t do anything about it. That just seems an open invitation to troublemakers.”

She requested the Sheriff and District Attorney look into the matter. The charges were determined by the Reno Police Department and were issued by the Reno City Attorney.



Elaine Hoem August 19, 2020 - 4:13 pm

Thank you, Marsha, for looking further into this matter. To me, such attacks seem more serious than misdemeanors. I agree that downplaying violence towards others potentially promotes more violence. Please keep us informed, TIR.

Paul Clayton August 19, 2020 - 11:09 am

So, the Reno police and city attorney consider crossing state lines to burn, loot, steal official files, and beat journalists who record these crimes…. a MISDEMEANOR. I wonder how they’d treat Christians if they went into their churches to pray or sing, wearing MAGA hats. I bet that would be termed worse than a misdemeanor.

Norm Robins August 19, 2020 - 9:46 am

Anyone crossing a state line to commit a crime is guilty of a federal crime. Can’t the attackers Salazar and Sisson be turned over to federal authorities to be prosecuted?

Howard Barnes August 19, 2020 - 8:14 am

Do not defund police. Add Citizenship and Compassion training plus add Mental Health screening for officers.

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