One of the four men arrested for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia was reportedly a counter-protestor who punched a female reporter.
Virginia State Police announced last night that 21-year-old Jacob L. Smith of Louisa, Virginia was charged with misdemeanor assault & battery. And now it is known what led to his arrest.
The Hill reporter Taylor Lorenz was live-streaming the counter-protest on her phone when James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into the crowd, that left one dead and 19 injured. While capturing the immediate aftermath of the attack, where she stood only several feet away, Smith approached Lorenz, punched her in the face, and shouted “Stop the f**king recording!” The shirtless counter-protestor can be seen walking into the shot just seconds before the phone was knocked out of her hand.
Along with Fields Jr. and Smith, 21-year-old Troy Dunigan was arrested for disorderly conduct and 44-year-old James O’Brein was charged with carrying a concealed hand gun.
Yesterday, President Trump was criticized by both the left and the right for condemning the “hatred, bigotry, and violence that’s on many sides” and not specifically naming the white supremacists, Nazis, and the KKK that incited violence.
Watch the clip above, via Taylor Lorenz.