Target: Tammy Hooper, Chief of Police in Asheville, North Carolina
Goal: Charge man who allegedly punched 69-year-old woman at a Donald Trump rally with assault.
A 69-year-old female protester with an oxygen tank was allegedly punched in the face by a violent Trump supporter at the presidential candidate’s rally in North Carolina. The woman, Shirley Teter, fell to the ground, injuring herself on her metal oxygen tank. She suffered from cuts, sore ribs, and a sore jaw, and spent a majority of the night in a local hospital. The Trump supporter allegedly responsible for the deplorable act is Richard Campbell of South Carolina. He has not been charged, but a warrant is out for his arrest.
Violence has plagued Trump rallies since the businessman announced his candidacy for president in 2015. Anti-Trump protesters, simply practicing their First Amendment rights, have been physically assaulted both inside and outside of the rallies.
Trump and his supporters always argue that “political correctness” has no place in our society and people should be allowed to say what they want. Yet it appears as though when others say things they may not agree with, such as the fact that their chosen candidate is unqualified to be President of the United States, they take offense and respond with violence.
Trump has yet to disavow the violence at his rallies. He has offered to pay legal fees for them. Even as protesters have been punched, pushed, and heckled, he continues to say that his rallies are safe and friendly. “There is no safer place to be than a Trump rally,” he says often. However, it appears as though this is only so for his supporters who do not wish for their opinions to be challenged.
Demand that Richard Campbell, the latest Trump supporter to allegedly act out violently, be charged to the fullest extent of the law so that he can serve as an example to all Trump supporters who think that they can physically harm those they don’t agree with and who think that perhaps their candidate may protect them. It is time for this violence at Trump rallies, never seen before in recent political history, to come to an abrupt end.
Dear Chief Hooper,
In your city of Asheville, North Carolina, a 69-year-old woman with an oxygen tank, simply exhibiting her First Amendment right to speech and assembly, was allegedly punched by a violent Trump supporter outside of the candidate’s rally. The woman, who has spent much of her life protesting everything from civil rights to war, spent the night in the hospital, suffering from sore ribs, a sore jaw, and cuts to her body. The alleged suspect, Richard Campbell, got away, though a warrant is currently out for his arrest.
Trump rallies have been plagued by violence and the presidential candidate himself seems to enjoy it, going so far as to offer to pay the legal fees of violent supporters. Violence such as this has not been seen in recent political history. It is unfounded and highly disturbing, yet it continues to be a facet of Trump’s events.
I ask that, when he is arrested, Richard Campbell is charged with assault and held fully responsible for his deplorable actions. An example must be sent to those Trump supporters who believe that violence, not words or intellectual debate, is the way to fight back against those who don’t agree with them.
[Your Name Here]
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