Police in North Carolina are weighing whether to press charges against billionaire Donald Trump after a supporter at one of his rallies sucker punched a protester.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office said they were looking at charging the businessman with “inciting a riot” after a 78-year-old Trump supporter coldcocked a protester being escorted by police from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.
“A Linden man was later charged in the incident, and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office investigators said Monday that they are considering filing a charge of inciting a riot against Trump,” reports WRAL.
Trump said over the weekend his team was “looking into” paying for his supporter’s legal fees, stating on Sunday’s Meet the Press, “I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it, yes.”
A riot is defined in North Carolina law as a “public disturbance involving an assemblage of three or more persons which by disorderly and violent conduct, or the imminent threat of disorderly and violent conduct, results in injury or damage to persons or property or creates a clear and present danger of injury or damage to persons or property.”
The law further states that “any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, and such inciting or urging is a contributing cause of a riot in which there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury, shall be punished as a Class F felon.”