(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER)
Man arrested for punching anti-Trump protester in the face
A man was led away by police to chants of “lock him up” after being arrested for punching an anti-Trump demonstrator in the face.
Dallas Frazier, 29, is facing an assault charge for allegedly jumping out of his red pickup truck and punching 61-year-old protester Mike Alter in the head multiple times. The confrontation took place outside of the Cincinnati, Ohio, arena where President Trump spoke at a rally on Thursday night.
The incident was caught on video by another protester, Scott Fantozzi.
Alter spoke to WCPO9 after the altercation and said that he and a group of demonstrators were standing on the side of the road exchanging shouts with Trump supporters who were on the way to the rally. He then said a pickup truck rolled by, and Frazier began shouting at the group before getting out of the vehicle.
Police documents in the case say that the “suspect exited the vehicle, stated, ‘You want some,’ then struck the victim multiple times in the face.” Fantozzi claims he did not see the yelling and confrontation until Frazier arrived.
Frazier reportedly took off his hat after getting out of the vehicle and assumed a fighting position. Alter also removed his hat and gestured at Frazier.
“I was more questioning him” than trying to provoke him, Alter claimed in a text message. “Like really you want to fight?”
Frazier began to hit Alter three times before police rushed in to restrain him.
“[I thought,] ‘What the hell?’” Alter said. “He started just whaling on my head. I didn’t go down, for what that’s worth.”
Frazier was booked and faces an assault charge. Police said he was the only individual arrested Thursday night at the rally.