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Man charged with assault at Trump rally

Posted at 2:42 PM, Mar 10, 2016

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A man has been charged with punching a protester at a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after video of the altercation surfaced.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Sean Swain told The Fayetteville Observer that John Franklin McGraw, 78, of Linden was charged with assault and disorderly conduct at Wednesday night’s rally.

North Carolina phone listings for McGraw rang disconnected Thursday.

Rakeem Jones tells The Associated Press that he was being escorted out of Crown Coliseum by several deputies when he got hit.

Jones said he recalled thinking: “Wow. The police watched me get hit.”

Witness Ronnie Rouse took video and told the AP he couldn’t believe that Jones got punched in front of law enforcement officers.