Mercutio Southall, a #BlackLivesMatter protester, was punched and kicked at a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday as the Republican frontrunner yelled, “Get him the hell out of here.”
Jeremy Diamond, a reporter with CNN, caught part of the incident on video and posted it on Twitter.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 21, 2015
Here’s how CNN explained the scene:
Several attendees at the rally punched and kicked a protester who tried to disrupt Trump’s speech.
At least a half-dozen attendees shoved and tackled the protester, a Black man, to the ground as he refused to leave the event. At least one man punched the protester and a woman kicked him while he was on the ground.
All of the attendees who were involved in the physical altercation with the protester were white.