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Five sheriff's deputies were disciplined Wednesday for failing to immediately arrest a man who elbowed a protester in the face at a Donald Trump rally last week in North Carolina.
Three Cumberland County Sheriff's deputies were demoted and suspended for five days without pay and two more deputies were suspended for three days without pay in connection with the incident following a week-long internal investigation, the sheriff's office announced Wednesday.
"The actions of the deputies and their failures to act in situations such as that which occurred during the Trump rally at the Crown Coliseum have never been and will not ever be tolerated under the policies of this office," Cumberland County Sheriff Earl Butler said in a press release, adding that his office regrets "that any of the circumstances at the Trump rally occurred."
Sgt. Sean Swain, the county sheriff's office's public information officer, said the five officers were present for McGraw's alleged assault.
"Those five officers saw or the sheriff felt they reasonably should have seen what took place and failed to take action," Swain told CNN on Wednesday.
Of course this does nothing to solve the actual problem, which is that Trump is inciting his supporters to target brown skinned people for violence. Though I guess it might send a message for other law enforcement agencies to not get caught up in the racist vibe and actually do their jobs.
(I mean in this case they actually manhandled and arrested the guy who got hit.)
The sheriff in this case actually considered charging Trump with inciting a riot, but he didn't probably because he realized it would incite another riot.
And as Donald Trump's influence increases it is that very fear which protect him from all sorts of legal challenges.
After all nobody tried to arrest Hitler after his arrest for the Beer Hall Putsch because by then he was much too powerful.