There’s a very clear video embedded at the bottom of this post of Matt and others pushing a black female protester out of a Trump rally in Louisville last March.
People in crowds are pushed every day. Recall the insane pushing that takes place where stores open on Black Friday. If the kind of pushing seen here is criminal, then let the law be equally enforced against everyone. There’ll be a hundred blacks arrested for every white person if light pushing is deemed criminal.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – A white nationalist and two other men are facing criminal charges after they were caught on video shoving a black female protester through the crowd at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Louisville in March, according to police.
Criminal summonses have been issued for Matthew Heimbach, a leader with the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network; Alvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old Ohio resident who was wearing a uniform associated with the Korean War Veterans Association; and Indiana resident Joseph Pryor.
All three men have been charged with harassment with physical contact of Shiya Nwanguma, said Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for the Louisville Metro Police Department. The charge is a misdemeanor.
A criminal summons is signed by a judge and states the crime the person has been accused of and orders them to appear in court. However it is unclear if the summonses have been served or when the men have been scheduled to appear in Jefferson District Court. All three men live out of state.
Josh Abner, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Attorney’s office, said he could not confirm or deny that the criminal summonses had been issued. There is no case file until the person charged appears in court.
Nwanguma, a University of Louisville student, was seen being pushed and shoved out of the audience in a video that went viral.
Nwanguma claims she was protesting non-violently by carrying a sign depicting Trump’s face on the body of a pig. She filed a lawsuit against the men and Trump alleging she was called racist and sexist slurs and repeatedly assaulted.
Heimbach and Bamberger both shoved and struck her, according to the lawsuit. Pryor is not mentioned in the lawsuit. Other media publications have said Pryor was an aspiring Marine who was reportedly discharged because of the incident.
Four other protesters at the Trump rally filed criminal complaints with Louisville Metro Police, but prosecutors declined to press charges in those alleged incidents, according to Smiley.
Heimbach has said publicly he’s looking out for the white race. On his website, he explained that Nwanguma was trying to create a disturbance.
Nwanguma told WFPL that people were already trying to take the signs from her hands when Trump saw her from the podium and told the crowd to get her out.
“And then that’s when everybody started to attack me,” she said. “There were some pretty awful things said. I was called the N-word. I was called the C-word.”
This story is also covered at SPLC Hatewatch.