Josh Cobin, the gas-mask-wearing rioter who kicked a gas canister at police and then got shot in the boys with a less-lethal round, was arrested and booked Thursday night for three count of felony aggravated assault on police and one misdemeanor count of unlawful assembly.
However, Josh Cobin, denies any wrongdoing.
Cobin, a GoDaddy support representative, showed up to President Trump’s Tuesday night rally in Phoenix with a gas mask and equipped for rioting to get started.
After the rally, as Trump supporters just started to leave, people began to throw bottles and rocks at police. Phoenix PD responded by launching gas into the crowd where people were attacking them.
The anti-Trump protesters claimed that people were only throwing water bottles at the police and that the police “overreacted” to having objects thrown at them.
Despite the gas and a dispersal order, Josh Cobin decided to don a gas mask and confront police rather than leave.
He then kicked one of the gas cans back at police, which is when he got hit by some sort of less-lethal round.
You can see the viral video here:
Cobin was interviewed by 3 TV/CBS5 on Wednesday and claimed that he didn’t do anything wrong.
“That was not an unlawful assembly and that I had every right to be there. And that tear gas was in the way of myself and every other peacefully assembled protesters being there,” he told the news channel.
Phoenix PD have a different take on events.
“He has posted images and admissions to his crime on social and local media outlets,” Phoenix PD spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard wrote in an e-mail about the arrest.
I think that his intent seems clear when he shows up to a Trump rally with a gas mask, but that’s going to be up to a jury to decide.