A man suspected of punching a black Trump supporter in the face during an anti-illegal immigration rally over the weekend was arrested by California law enforcement.
Tuesday night, Laguna Beach police charged Richard Losey with suspicion of battery assault and hate crime for sucker-punching R.C. Maxwell.
Maxwell is a black conservative and Trump supporter.
Losey allegedly punched Maxwell during an “America First” rally where people participated in a vigil to remember victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
Counter-protesters emerged and gathered about the few dozen who came to the vigil and police had to keep them separated.
Maxwell walked over into the group of counter-protesters to peacefully talk to them about his views.
A video of the incident shows Losey allegedly punching him.
The Daily Caller reports:
“There is a problem with illegal immigration, I speak out against that, that doesn’t make me a Nazi,” Maxwell says to those gathered. The counter-protesters told Maxwell he was a “traitor” and that people want him in chains in response to his views. Video then shows Maxwell getting a punch to the face.
“I think the fact that I’m a black conservative causes a lot of problems for the left side because there’s no way they can really resolve that according to their narrative of what they think trump supporters are, so I think that was a bit triggering to the other side,” Maxwell told Fox LA. “I was getting lots of specific comments like you’re a sellout, you’re an Uncle Tom.”
Maxwell reported the incident to the police, who were able to track down Losey with the help of the video. Police found him trying to buy a bus ticket back to Ohio.
“If the optics were completely different and I was a black lives matter supporter and I was attacked on the Trump side of a protest I would be in the spotlight on CNN right now,” Maxwell said. “I went over to the left side to see if I could engage them with dialogue and I was instantly encircled by the so called anti fascists.”
Watch the video:
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