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Media has been ignoring that the attacker was an Anti Confederate Flag protester.
Via Fox 13 Tampa Bay
A Hernando County father has several questions for South Carolina law enforcement after his son was beaten, then arrested at a Confederate flag protest even though he never threw a punch.
South Carolina Department of Public Safety arrested Nicholas Thompson, 25, charging him with disorderly conduct.
Thompson was part of a convoy of pro-Confederate flag demonstrators that drove by an anti-Confederate flag rally Monday night at the State House in Columbia.
As police officers directed traffic to keep moving, Thompson got out of an SUV to retrieve a Confederate flag that was stolen from a car in front of him, he said.
“I was wrong for getting out in the middle of the road. I understand that,” Thompson said. “I got out, and all I did was point and say to the officer, ‘can I please get my flag back that he stole’. Before ‘stole’ got out of my mouth, I got punched in the mouth by the guy right next to the cop.”
Video posted to YouTube shows Thompson get socked in the face right before a group of people pounced on him.
Another man helped Thompson off the ground
“I got beat up by about nine people, and the cop broke it up and put me in handcuffs and charged me,” Thompson said.
During a news conference Tuesday, law enforcement acknowledged Thompson didn’t throw a punch but stood by the initial charge and said Thompson was the “aggressor.”
His father, Mike, doesn’t understand how his son can be the aggressor when he didn’t instigate violence.