A man was arrested Thursday morning in connection with punching a protester in the face during a North Carolina rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: Obama 'has to be investigated' over Clinton email server The lazy political writing of 'SNL' Potential Cruz challenger: 'Don't close off your options' MORE.
John Franklin McGraw was charged with assaulting a protester and disorderly conduct for his actions during the Wednesday night rally, according to a press release from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
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"While the deputies eyes were cast in the direction of the steps, McGraw punched the victim, striking him about the head and face," the news release said.
"The deputies who did not see the assault continued up the steps with the victim, who was ultimately escorted from the Coliseum."
After videos of the incident surfaced, an investigation was conducted to find the man who had punched Jones.
An internal investigation was also launched to review the incident and "the policies and procedures related to it."
“No one should be subjected to such a cowardly, unprovoked act as that committed by McGraw. Regardless of political affiliation, speech, race, national origin, color, gender, bad reputation, prior acts, or political demonstration, no other citizen has the right to assault another person or to act in such a way as this defendant did. I hope that the courts will handle this matter with the appropriate severity for McGraw’s severe and gross violation of this victim’s rights,” Sheriff Earl Butler said in a statement.