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Animal abuse charges dropped against Antifa man using bear mace in Pacific Beach

Still faces charges of riot and assault of man filming on his bike

Grand jurors noticed the Rottweiler appeared to strain against its leash.
Grand jurors noticed the Rottweiler appeared to strain against its leash.

A Los Angeles man was un-charged for macing a dog and its walker during the Antifa riot in Pacific Beach on January 9, 2021.

Prosecutors claim it was Jeremy Jonathan White who described himself as a “gentleman in dashing armour” and an “Antifa super soldier” who “fought the cops and white supremacists during the lockdown” and is seen macing a man and his dog in video evidence.

Video of a tall man dressed all-in-black spraying a smaller man and his dog on a Pacific Beach boardwalk was soon posted on the internet the same day.

The following day, Jeremy Jonathan White, then 38, replied using his own Twitter account @Megaphoneguy, according to prosecutors. “Seems like the animal rights folks should really be mad at the owner. He was abusing his dog into attacking people. Looks like that gentleman in the dashing armour was just keeping people safe.”

Also posted by @Megaphoneguy: “Looks like he was trying to get it to attack. Folks play stupid games.” Both of these tweets were posted the same day, January 10, 202, apparently blaming the dog walker for getting sprayed.

Detective Clark described White as dressed from “head to toe in body armor” and wearing a gas mask over a black balaclava.

Jeremy Jonathan White, now 40, was charged with felony animal cruelty in December 2021. At that time, White was charged with five felonies connected to the Antifa riot, including animal cruelty, conspiracy to riot, and unlawful uses of tear gas not in self defense. The first criminal complaint was announced by the San Diego District Attorney and named 11 defendants, all alleged to be Antifa co-conspirators and rioters.

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“On or about January 9th, 2021, Jeremy White sprayed unnamed victim and his dog with mace,” D.A. Summer Stephan declared. Stephan stated that Antifa offenders “attempt(ed) to instigate a confrontation with an unnamed victim as he tried to walk his dog down the boardwalk.” (Investigators said they were never able to identify the man walking his dog, and there was no evidence that he intended to be part of any rally or protest that day.)

A group of "Patriots" had announced plans to gather at the Pacific Beach pier at 2 p.m. that Saturday, then Antifa responded with plans for their own “counter-protest.” According to prosecutors, Antifa made plans to arrive early so the Patriots would find their space already occupied, and the Patriots would be forced to approach the Antifa antagonists, according to expert testimony before a grand jury.

Witnesses testified that a 911 call describing a man and his dog getting maced was phoned in at 1:37 pm, and San Diego police first declared the Antifa group “an unlawful assembly” at 2:34 pm, and police began trying to arrest rioters at 3:32 pm that day.

White on his Facebook page. “Seems like the animal rights folks should really be mad at the owner. He was abusing his dog into attacking people. Looks like that gentleman in the dashing armour was just keeping people safe.”

After the first Antifa riot charges were announced, investigations continued and six months later, in June 2022 a grand jury indictment came out. In the new indictment, the total number of charges went from 24 to 29, but the one charge of animal cruelty against defendant Jeremy Jonathan White disappeared.

The grand jury was shown video of the man walking his dog along the busy beach boardwalk, “You can see the dog is just walking past not doing anything,” prosecutor William Hopkins said. The evidence video showed both the man and dog ignoring passersby.

But then, “Jeremy White approaches victim three,” prosecutor Hopkins said. “The dog does what a dog is supposed to do when someone dressed like that approaches on his owner and (the dog) growls. And then they are both hosed with bear mace.”

San Diego police detective Emily Clark testified that the dog-walker had “very good control over the animal with a really close leash.” The detective said the dog’s vest read SERVICE DOG.

But the grand jurors had questions. Jurors asked about the large dog leaping up, they noticed the Rottweiler appeared to strain against its leash, transcripts reveal. Jurors were given opportunity to review video evidence during their deliberations.

According to detective Clark, suspect Jeremy Jonathan White was easy to follow in evidence video because he is 6 foot 2 inches tall and 225 pounds and he wore a unique costume.

White had “not an inch of skin showing,” the detective said. Clark described White as dressed from “head to toe in body armor” and wearing a gas mask over a black balaclava. White had MEDIC patches and a red cross symbol on his chest and arms and backpack, Clark said.

There were large canisters of bear mace attached to White’s tactical vest, the detective said, and the bear spray used by Antifa is ten times more potent than the pepper spray used by San Diego police.

Prosecutors claim that one of White’s victims captured video of White driving up in his car, when he first arrived in Pacific Beach from Los Angeles, before White covered himself in his costume.

District Attorney’s investigator Justin Bostic testified that Jeremy Jonathan White used the names THEANTIFASOLDIER and ACABMAN on his Instagram accounts. Bostic said there were links from some of White’s internet accounts to a Los Angeles address at 500 East Avenue 39, Los Angeles, CA, 91605.

The day before Thanksgiving, on November 24, 2021, White sent this message from his phone to two people: “I kinda sorta dressed in a bulletproof Antifa super soldier outfit and fought the cops and white supremacists during the lockdown.”

Jeremy Jonathan White was arrested one week after the message at his home in Los Angeles.

L.A. County Sheriff’s detective Jenny Christiansen told the grand jury she had seen Jeremy White and his car at multiple protests in Los Angeles, and she recognized his particular Antifa black bloc costume because she personally was on the scene during his past Antifa activities.

San Diego police who were present during searches of White’s L.A. home testified that his female roommate had an Antifa flag on the wall of her bedroom. Police collected items worn by White during the Pacific Beach riot, including black tactical gear with MEDIC patches and red cross symbols.

When White was arrested he told cops: “I was a medic. I didn’t do what they said I did. There was a literal fucking Nazi rally in Pacific Beach, and some went down there to counter it and they needed medics. Yeah, everyone I talked to said, Yeah, you were putting saline in people’s eyes and helping people when they got fucking sprayed.” Prosecutors read these alleged statements by White to the grand jury.

After he was arrested in L.A. on December 2, White was held in lieu of $200,000 bail until he was arraigned in San Diego on December 6, 2021; at that time his bail was reduced to $100,000; that same day a fee of $10,000 was paid to Bail Hotline Bail Bonds in Riverside, and White bailed out. He currently remains at liberty.

Jeremy Jonathan White was first charged with five felonies, including animal cruelty, conspiracy to riot, and unlawful use of tear gas not in self defense, in December 2021.

Then, in May of 2022, after more investigation, evidence was presented to a grand jury and the indictment was announced in June 2022. The total number of charges went from 24 to 29, against 11 Antifa co-defendants. But three of the five felony charges against Jeremy Jonathan White were dropped, because the grand jurors did indict one count of animal abuse and two other alleged offenses.

White now faces two felonies: conspiracy to riot, plus one felony assault on a victim identified as R.L. in count 22. (That victim was sitting on his bicycle, using his cell phone to video the riot, when a group of Antifa approached and attacked; all this was allegedly captured on evidence video.)

However, in the current indictment, White is still described as spraying “unidentified victim three and his dog with a tear gas weapon,” in overt act 32 as part of the conspiracy to riot. White is named in other incidents: spraying victims with tear gas, and targeting certain other victims, and helping to mob certain victims.

Jeremy Jonathan White, now 40, pleads not guilty to all charges. In February 2023 he appeared with a new defense attorney, Curtis Briggs from San Francisco.

The next court date for all the Antifa defendants is November 1, 2023, in San Diego’s downtown Superior courthouse.

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Grand jurors noticed the Rottweiler appeared to strain against its leash.
Grand jurors noticed the Rottweiler appeared to strain against its leash.

A Los Angeles man was un-charged for macing a dog and its walker during the Antifa riot in Pacific Beach on January 9, 2021.

Prosecutors claim it was Jeremy Jonathan White who described himself as a “gentleman in dashing armour” and an “Antifa super soldier” who “fought the cops and white supremacists during the lockdown” and is seen macing a man and his dog in video evidence.

Video of a tall man dressed all-in-black spraying a smaller man and his dog on a Pacific Beach boardwalk was soon posted on the internet the same day.

The following day, Jeremy Jonathan White, then 38, replied using his own Twitter account @Megaphoneguy, according to prosecutors. “Seems like the animal rights folks should really be mad at the owner. He was abusing his dog into attacking people. Looks like that gentleman in the dashing armour was just keeping people safe.”

Also posted by @Megaphoneguy: “Looks like he was trying to get it to attack. Folks play stupid games.” Both of these tweets were posted the same day, January 10, 202, apparently blaming the dog walker for getting sprayed.

Detective Clark described White as dressed from “head to toe in body armor” and wearing a gas mask over a black balaclava.

Jeremy Jonathan White, now 40, was charged with felony animal cruelty in December 2021. At that time, White was charged with five felonies connected to the Antifa riot, including animal cruelty, conspiracy to riot, and unlawful uses of tear gas not in self defense. The first criminal complaint was announced by the San Diego District Attorney and named 11 defendants, all alleged to be Antifa co-conspirators and rioters.

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“On or about January 9th, 2021, Jeremy White sprayed unnamed victim and his dog with mace,” D.A. Summer Stephan declared. Stephan stated that Antifa offenders “attempt(ed) to instigate a confrontation with an unnamed victim as he tried to walk his dog down the boardwalk.” (Investigators said they were never able to identify the man walking his dog, and there was no evidence that he intended to be part of any rally or protest that day.)

A group of "Patriots" had announced plans to gather at the Pacific Beach pier at 2 p.m. that Saturday, then Antifa responded with plans for their own “counter-protest.” According to prosecutors, Antifa made plans to arrive early so the Patriots would find their space already occupied, and the Patriots would be forced to approach the Antifa antagonists, according to expert testimony before a grand jury.

Witnesses testified that a 911 call describing a man and his dog getting maced was phoned in at 1:37 pm, and San Diego police first declared the Antifa group “an unlawful assembly” at 2:34 pm, and police began trying to arrest rioters at 3:32 pm that day.

White on his Facebook page. “Seems like the animal rights folks should really be mad at the owner. He was abusing his dog into attacking people. Looks like that gentleman in the dashing armour was just keeping people safe.”

After the first Antifa riot charges were announced, investigations continued and six months later, in June 2022 a grand jury indictment came out. In the new indictment, the total number of charges went from 24 to 29, but the one charge of animal cruelty against defendant Jeremy Jonathan White disappeared.

The grand jury was shown video of the man walking his dog along the busy beach boardwalk, “You can see the dog is just walking past not doing anything,” prosecutor William Hopkins said. The evidence video showed both the man and dog ignoring passersby.

But then, “Jeremy White approaches victim three,” prosecutor Hopkins said. “The dog does what a dog is supposed to do when someone dressed like that approaches on his owner and (the dog) growls. And then they are both hosed with bear mace.”

San Diego police detective Emily Clark testified that the dog-walker had “very good control over the animal with a really close leash.” The detective said the dog’s vest read SERVICE DOG.

But the grand jurors had questions. Jurors asked about the large dog leaping up, they noticed the Rottweiler appeared to strain against its leash, transcripts reveal. Jurors were given opportunity to review video evidence during their deliberations.

According to detective Clark, suspect Jeremy Jonathan White was easy to follow in evidence video because he is 6 foot 2 inches tall and 225 pounds and he wore a unique costume.

White had “not an inch of skin showing,” the detective said. Clark described White as dressed from “head to toe in body armor” and wearing a gas mask over a black balaclava. White had MEDIC patches and a red cross symbol on his chest and arms and backpack, Clark said.

There were large canisters of bear mace attached to White’s tactical vest, the detective said, and the bear spray used by Antifa is ten times more potent than the pepper spray used by San Diego police.

Prosecutors claim that one of White’s victims captured video of White driving up in his car, when he first arrived in Pacific Beach from Los Angeles, before White covered himself in his costume.

District Attorney’s investigator Justin Bostic testified that Jeremy Jonathan White used the names THEANTIFASOLDIER and ACABMAN on his Instagram accounts. Bostic said there were links from some of White’s internet accounts to a Los Angeles address at 500 East Avenue 39, Los Angeles, CA, 91605.

The day before Thanksgiving, on November 24, 2021, White sent this message from his phone to two people: “I kinda sorta dressed in a bulletproof Antifa super soldier outfit and fought the cops and white supremacists during the lockdown.”

Jeremy Jonathan White was arrested one week after the message at his home in Los Angeles.

L.A. County Sheriff’s detective Jenny Christiansen told the grand jury she had seen Jeremy White and his car at multiple protests in Los Angeles, and she recognized his particular Antifa black bloc costume because she personally was on the scene during his past Antifa activities.

San Diego police who were present during searches of White’s L.A. home testified that his female roommate had an Antifa flag on the wall of her bedroom. Police collected items worn by White during the Pacific Beach riot, including black tactical gear with MEDIC patches and red cross symbols.

When White was arrested he told cops: “I was a medic. I didn’t do what they said I did. There was a literal fucking Nazi rally in Pacific Beach, and some went down there to counter it and they needed medics. Yeah, everyone I talked to said, Yeah, you were putting saline in people’s eyes and helping people when they got fucking sprayed.” Prosecutors read these alleged statements by White to the grand jury.

After he was arrested in L.A. on December 2, White was held in lieu of $200,000 bail until he was arraigned in San Diego on December 6, 2021; at that time his bail was reduced to $100,000; that same day a fee of $10,000 was paid to Bail Hotline Bail Bonds in Riverside, and White bailed out. He currently remains at liberty.

Jeremy Jonathan White was first charged with five felonies, including animal cruelty, conspiracy to riot, and unlawful use of tear gas not in self defense, in December 2021.

Then, in May of 2022, after more investigation, evidence was presented to a grand jury and the indictment was announced in June 2022. The total number of charges went from 24 to 29, against 11 Antifa co-defendants. But three of the five felony charges against Jeremy Jonathan White were dropped, because the grand jurors did indict one count of animal abuse and two other alleged offenses.

White now faces two felonies: conspiracy to riot, plus one felony assault on a victim identified as R.L. in count 22. (That victim was sitting on his bicycle, using his cell phone to video the riot, when a group of Antifa approached and attacked; all this was allegedly captured on evidence video.)

However, in the current indictment, White is still described as spraying “unidentified victim three and his dog with a tear gas weapon,” in overt act 32 as part of the conspiracy to riot. White is named in other incidents: spraying victims with tear gas, and targeting certain other victims, and helping to mob certain victims.

Jeremy Jonathan White, now 40, pleads not guilty to all charges. In February 2023 he appeared with a new defense attorney, Curtis Briggs from San Francisco.

The next court date for all the Antifa defendants is November 1, 2023, in San Diego’s downtown Superior courthouse.

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