North Carolina Deputies Suspended for 'Failures to Act' During Trump Rally Violence

Mar 16, 2016

A group of sheriff's deputies in North Carolina have been suspended after a Donald Trump rally where a protester was punched after being escorted out.

The Cumberland County Sheriff office announced Wednesday that the five deputies would be suspended without pay after a video showed their "failures to act" while a Trump supporter assaulted an anti-Trump protester on March 9, according to the Washington Post.

“The actions of the deputies and their failures to act in situations such as that which occurred during the Trump rally at the Crown Coliseum have never been and will not ever be tolerated under the policies of this office,” Sheriff Earl Butler wrote in a statement.

The protester, identified as Rakeem Jones, was being escorted out of the arena when a man punched him in the face. The assailant, John Franklin McGraw, 78, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Post.

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