Scott Shifrel
New York Daily News
September 8, 2010

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A “mild mannered” Long Island man accused of firing a rifle in the air during a confrontation with a large group of men on his lawn was charged with felony assault Monday.

George Grier, 31, fired the shots – without injuring anyone – on Sunday night after arguing with the men, police said.

Grier, who is black, was arguing the group of Hispanic men at his Uniondale home. His family told the Associated Press he was trying to protect them.

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But police said there was no indication of a racial motivation and disparaged comparisons with a notorious 2006 case in which a black man was convicted of killing a white teen he said was threatening him.

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