Ventura County, California sheriff’s officials say an investigation into the death of Paul Kessler, a liberal political activist who was killed during a counter-protest in support of Israel at a pro-Palestinian demonstration Sunday, is ongoing and that there is a known suspect, Grace Toohey, Jeremy Childs, Richard Winton, Noah Goldberg, and Terry Casleman report for the Los Angeles Times.
An autopsy shows Kessler died from a blunt force head injury, typical to a fall, which investigators say was sustained during an altercation between him and a pro-Palestinian protestor. Witnesses from both sides of the protests shared “conflicting statements” about what led to Kessler’s fatal fall and who the aggressor was. One protestor said that he saw one of the pro-Palestinian protesters hit someone with his megaphone. The Anti-Defamation League called on law enforcement “to launch a thorough investigation to determine who is responsible.” Police say that the suspect, who told authorities he was “involved in an altercation” with Kessler before he fell and hit his head, has been cooperative with investigators and was, in fact, among those who called 911.