Friday, January 21, 2022

Clash at Trump rally ends in probation, handshake

— Nine months after a protester was punched at a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, the men on both sides of the fist shook hands in court on Wednesday.

John Franklin McGraw, 79, of Linden, was charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct and communicating threats after sucker-punching Rakeem Jones as he was being escorted out of Crown Coliseum by Cumberland County deputies for disrupting the March 9 rally.

McGraw, a former Golden Gloves boxer nicknamed “Quick Draw,” pleaded no contest to the charges on Wednesday and was placed on unsupervised probation for 30 days. He and Jones then shook hands in court.

The altercation led Cumberland County authorities to briefly consider charging Trump with inciting a riot, and they later demoted three deputies and suspended two others who saw the assault but took no action.

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.

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