5 NC cops disciplined for failure to respond to attack at Trump rally
The assault was captured on video and quickly went viral
By PoliceOne Staff
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. — Five deputies have been disciplined for failing to respond to a high-profile assault at a Trump rally last week.
WRAL reports three of the deputies were demoted and suspended without pay for five days. The other two deputies were suspended without pay for three days. All five deputies also face one year of probation.
The assault – which was captured on video and quickly went viral – occurred as anti-Trump protester Rakeem Jones was being escorted out of the rally in Fayetteville on March 9. As Jones was heading toward the exit, he was hit in the face by 78-year-old John Franklin McGraw.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said the five deputies who witnessed the attack took no action.
"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," Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler told the publication.
The sheriff’s office previously considered charging Trump for inciting a riot after the chaotic rally, but found “the evidence does not meet the requisites of the law” for such charges.
McGraw was charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct as a result of the incident.