Politics 5 Deputies Disciplined For Inaction At Trump Rally

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    5 North Carolina deputies disciplined in connection with Trump campaign rally
    The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office announced Wednesday it disciplined five deputies who it says watched and did nothing when a protester being escorted from a Fayetteville, North Carolina Donald Trump rally was punched by a Trump supporter.


    Three of the deputies were demoted and were also suspended without pay for five days while the other two were suspended without pay for three days, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. All five deputies face one year of probation.

    In a statement, Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler said the deputies faced disciplinary action for "unsatisfactory performance and failing to discharge the duties and policies of the office of the sheriff."

    "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 never be tolerated under the policies of this office," he said.

    Several of the disciplined deputies were involved with the confrontation of a man who went on a deadly shooting spree killing family members and assaulting deputies with an assault rifle in July 2014.

    The sheriff’s office said their actions in that situation factored into their punishment.

    "I have taken into account the past bravery and exemplary conduct, including the life-saving and other actions of these deputies in assessing the discipline, and in imposing the sanctions," Butler said. "We regret that any of the circumstances at the Trump rally occurred, and we regret that we have had to investigate all of these matters."

    On Monday, authorities said there wasn’t enough evidence to press charges against Trump for his behavior in connection with the violent altercation.

    In a statement issued Monday night, the sheriff’s office said legal counsel advised and Butler agreed that the evidence doesn't meet the requisites of North Carolina law to support a conviction for inciting a riot.

    Authorities have already charged a rally attendee with assault, disorderly conduct and communicating threats after he was caught on video hitting a man being led out by deputies at the event in Fayetteville.

    At one point during the rally, Trump described a previous event in which a protester traded punches with his supporters. Trump told the audience: "They started punching back. It was a beautiful thing."

    In a statement, Trump's campaign said, "the arena was rented for a private event, paid for by the campaign and these people attended with the intent to cause trouble.

    They were only there to agitate and anger the crowd. It is the protesters and agitators who are in violation, not Mr. Trump or the campaign."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
     
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    can you blame them?
     
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    I'm sure this will be a civilized, well reasoned discussion. :munch:
     
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    Good article.
     
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    Video of incident in question.



    Five sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina have been suspended without pay following a Donald Trump rally where a protester was sucker-punched as he was being escorted out, the said Wednesday.

    The March 9 rally in Fayetteville, N.C., was caught on videos that showed a Trump supporter assaulting an anti-Trump protester, who was then detained by numerous uniformed men.

    “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 said in a statement.

    Deputies were escorting an African-American anti-Trump protester, later identified as Rakeem Jones, out of the arena. The audience booed and the protester extended his middle finger.

    As Jones walked toward the exit, a man, who appeared to be white, emerged and punched him in the face.

    “Boom, he caught me,” Jones told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. “After I get it, before I could even gain my thoughts, I’m on the ground getting escorted out.”

    John Franklin McGraw, 78, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

    Earlier in the week, the sheriff’s office announced that after reviewing evidence, it would not file charges of inciting a riot against the Republican front-runner.

    Three of the deputies have been demoted in rank and suspended for five days. The two others were suspended for three days.

    Butler said the deputies were being disciplined for “unsatisfactory performance and failing to discharge the duties and policies” of the department.

    “We regret that any of the circumstances at the Trump rally occurred, and we regret that we have had to investigate all of these matters,” Butler said. “Yet, it is our duty and responsibility to do justice, and to carefully examine not only the actions of others, but our own actions to ensure that the law and our policies are justly and fairly enforced based in principle and without other influences.”
    Butler added that he took into account “past bravery and exemplary conduct” of these deputies, some of whom responded to a 2014 killing spree in the county.

    The five deputies will remain in a probationary status for the next 12 months, according to the sheriff.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...ures-to-act-at-trump-rally-in-north-carolina/
     
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    The fucked up thing was he got punched in the face and they tackled him, not the guy who punched him.
     
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    Clearly Trump's fault.
    :jrolleyes:
     
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    ahh, beat me to it :jj:
     
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    He did tell people to "knock the hell out of anyone" who was protesting at his rallies. His fault directly? No. He did direct these people (who are unhinged in the first place) to do this, so some responsibility lies with him.
     
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    That same sheriff wanted to get him on inciting a riot. He better watch his rhetoric, someone will charge him if he doesn't watch it.

     
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    You didn't melt down at the merge like @garypagetwo did this morning....
     
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    ah, it's the cops fault. who knew? :dontknow:
     
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    Those guys weren't looking for trouble ?
    Maybe a little bit ?
    Don't be surprised when you go looking for trouble it's not hard to find.
    They could have been in a McDonalds and same thing could happen.
     
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    Saw this exact thing play out at a Rangers game last summer. Belligerent Yankees fan, stone cold sober, is standing up yelling profanities into the Rangers dugout and stirring up fans. A soccer mom calls security, guy gets a warning or two, then finally Rangers' security and two Arlington PD kick the guy out and escort him up the aisle. He's going, but not going quietly. As he's going up the stairs with his hands held behind him a Rangers dude open palms him to the face. Fairly hard too. The whole section starts laughing and cheering and the cops just shake their head and smirk, and do nothing.

    I think these cops have the attitude that people that do this sort of thing deserve to get a little headache for their trouble but this is 2016 not 1956, that shit don't fly anymore.
     
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    So that guy wasn't allowed to speak his mind but everyone else was?
     
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    Didn't he get kicked out ? I guess not. :dontknow:
     
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    People are allowed to protest without being physically attacked for it. Maybe people like you are better suited to live in the third world where they beat people with sticks for protesting. You people are really good at moving those goal posts to suit your hypocritical bullshit. Suddenly sucker punching someone is justified solely based on the trash who make up the crowd.