A Helena woman who was charged with assaulting a demonstrator at the June 14 Protest for George Floyd at the Montana Capitol pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor offense Wednesday.
According to the citation in Helena Municipal Court, police determined Lacee Cheschier "caused bodily injury, pain, to another by striking them on the face with defendants hand."
Video footage from the event makes it difficult to determine exactly what happened, but Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen was seen restraining Cheschier after she began yelling at protesters at the event. The entire incident lasted less than 10 seconds.
Cheschier referred questions about the charge to Clancy attorney Colin J. Delli Bovi, who said he has not yet had an opportunity to review the evidence.
A GoFundMe page seeking to raise funds for Cheschier's legal defense says the defendant talks with her arms and accidentally made contact with one of the protesters while trying to point at them.
While no other charges have been filed in connection with this particular incident, a 48-year-old Helena man was charged with felony impersonation of a public servant after allegedly telling protesters at the event that he was a police officer.
Daniel Edward Miller allegedly approached protesters lying in the street, demanded that they move and told them what they were doing was against the law. According to court documents, at some point during the argument Miller allegedly told protesters he was a police officer and they had to move.
Independent Record Editor Jesse Chaney contributed to this story.
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