Assault and battery, disorderly conduct and communicating threats. These are all of the charges the 78-year-old John Franklin McGraw now faces after punching a black man in the face at a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Wednesday.
The incident happened during one of the 17 interruptions at the Trump campaign event in the Crown Coliseum.
Rakeem Jones was part of a group escorted out by deputies when they began protesting during Trump’s speech.
As Jones walked up the stairs, McGraw sucker punched him.
After being hit, Jones was tackled by law enforcement officials. A press release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said several deputies did not see the attack happen.
Which makes us wonder, so why was he tackled? If he was leaving the event?
Ronnie Rouse captured the incident on camera.
“They’re walking us out and they’ve got him prone because I thought he was getting arrested. I was like ‘I know you’re not taking him to jail. This is impossible’,” Rouse stated.
The charge of communicating threats came after officers found that McGraw made statements threatening Jones stating that he enjoyed hitting “that loudmouth … who was “not acting like an American,” and threatening next time “to kill him.”
Jones told the Washington Post he was upset deputies did not arrest the man who hit him right away.
“It’s happening at all these rallies now and they’re letting it ride,” Jones said. “The police jumped on me like I was the one swinging.”
He added: “My eye still hurts. It’s just shocking. The shock of it all is starting to set in. It’s like this dude really hit me and they let him get away with it. I was basically in police custody and got hit.”