An elderly white man attending a rally for Donald Trump was arrested and charged with punching a Black Lives Matter protestor in the face on Thursday. John McGraw was at the Wednesday night event with several zealous supporters of the GOP hopeful when he threw the punch, WTVR reports.
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McGraw, 78, was charged Thursday with two counts of assault and disorderly conduct after the images of the punch began to go viral. Due to the quick work of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, they were able to obtain McGraw’s identity and made the arrest.
McGraw appears in the video to punch a black protester in the face as he was being escorted out of the venue with a group of protesters by a half-dozen police officers. The incident occurred during Trump’s rally Wednesday night in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The department has also opened an internal investigation probing whether the officers in the video, who did not detain or arrest McGraw on site, should have done so, Swain said.
McGraw’s bond was set at $2,500 secured, and his next court date is April 6.
Donald Trump’s campaign said they were not commenting on the incident.
McGraw’s arrest adds to a continuing trend of intolerance from Trump supporters when counterprotesters enter rallies or gathering where the mogul is campaigning.
It is also the first time a Trump supporter has been formally charged as other similar incidents have yet to yield such a result.
Rakeem Jones, the 26-year-old man who was assaulted, told The Washington Post that the punch “came out of nowhere.”
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