North Carolina Sheriff: Donald Trump Won’t Face ‘Inciting a Riot’ Charges

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UPDATED: A sheriff in North Carolina will not file charges against Donald Trump, concluding that the evidence does not “meet the requisites of the law” to support a conviction for inciting a riot.

Earlier on Monday, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said that they were looking into whether Trump’s conduct at the rally in Fayetteville on Wednesday could have risen to the level of inciting a riot.

“With respect to the potential of lodging charges of inciting a riot against Donald J. Trump, or the Trump Committee, we have reviewed the evidence accumulated, and consulted with the detectives involved,” said Sgt. Sean Swain, spokesman for the sheriff. “The Sheriff’s Office legal counsel advised, and the Sheriff concurred, that the evidence does not meet the requisites of the law as established under the relevant North Carolina statute and case law to support a conviction of the crime of inciting a riot.


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“Accordingly, we will not be seeking a warrant or indictment against Mr. Trump or his campaign for these offenses. “

He added, “While other aspects of our investigation are continuing, the investigation with regard to Mr. Trump and his campaign has been concluded, and no charges are anticipated.”

North Carolina law says that “any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, so that as a result of such inciting or urging a riot occurs or a clear and present danger of a riot is created, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.”

At the event, a protester was “sucker punched” in the face as authorities escorted him out.

John Franklin McGraw was arrested on Thursday, the morning after the rally in Fayetteville, and charged with assaulting Rakeem Jones of Fayetteville, as well as disorderly conduct. After reviewing video, investigators later charged McGraw with communicating threats.

Authorities said that “while reviewing video that was taken at the Crown Coliseum during the event found that McGraw made statements to threatening Jones stating that he enjoyed hitting ‘that loudmouth . . . who was ‘not acting like an American,’ and threatening next time ‘to kill him.'”

A court date has been set for April 6.

At the Fayetteville event, there were multiple disruptions from protesters during Trump’s speech. At one point after one protester was escorted out, Trump said, “In the good old days, this doesn’t happen, because they used to treat them very, very rough. And when they protested once, you know, they would not do it again so easily. But today they walk in and they put their hand up and they put their wrong finger in the air at everybody. And they get away with murder, because we have become weak.”

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  1. WillieT. says:

    Donald “Duck” T, is nothing u a loud mouth bully, who sues you if you discredit him or verbally get the best of him, Pick up your toys Donald, you never learned your lessons in school. There are other bullies out there that will take your lunch money.

  2. Of course you wont press charges what were you paid off? That is what I have to say. If not why in the world would you not? I would like a answer.

  3. Dr. Joseph Adan,Ph.D, D.D. says:

    Trump is a pathological liar. No one has remembered that he said that thousands and thousands of people were dancing and having a celebration when the twin towers fell. That was a patent lie. If he becomes president, he will start WWIII, immediately. All those of you who have children should consider his sending them to die in foreign lands. Trump must be Hitler reborn. Hitler told the throngs that he would make Germany great again–the same words that Trump uses. Now, he is blaming Bernie, a Jew, for the problems of the US–just t like Hitler said regarding Germany. Trump could make the US a 3rd world country! Tump has to be stopped immediately before the does more harm to the country.

  4. rocco says:

    Trump loves the poorly educated and apparently they love him as evidenced by many of those posts

    • Richard says:

      It’s amazing and repugnant to watch broadcasters showing to Trump clips of Trump urging the crowds to physically hurt people and then him immediately deny that he is responsible for the actions that follow. Are the broadcasters too afraid to call a liar a liar when he is clearly lying. Instead they just move on . Trump called the young man who rushed the podium a member of ISIS ect. and when he is told that the clips he watched were a hoax he says that well all I know is what I watched on the Internet …really you are running for president of the United States are you get information that you spread from your bully pulpit unfiltered and unchecked from the the internet ? He has lied and supported hate retooric since day one almost unchallenged till now . At this point I have to say he and those that support him are idiots.

    • Jo Mama says:

      Nice sentence structure, Mr. Educated.

  5. Jerry Stack says:

    I don’t know about riots but he is guilty of inciting the moron class in america for certain.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Well said! You summed it all perfectly.

      I just can’t comprehend why they vote for him. They talk of moral and family values, but give him a pass. They talk of those who abuse the system with bankruptcy, and give him a pass.

  6. Why are there so many ignorant Republicans using Variety?

  7. Nanny Mo says:

    Well, if the Browns of Ferguson didn’t cause riots, then Trump didn’t either. (Or did we forget Ferguson, already?) Hey, Trump Lives Matter, I guess.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      It’s a different case, different situation. If you want crime to be treated equslky, then you also don’t lump all assaults/riots into the same category.

      Actually, just about all of us would face charges underror similar circumstances. If you’re too blind to see that, you and Trump deserve each other.

  8. Me says:


    I want Donald Trump to win! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? Because then he can run against Kanye West in 2020!

    Can’t write comedy like that!

  9. Mick L says:

    Well why don’t Police bring charges against Obama, not enforcing Immigration laws? Or Voter I.D. Laws? Not to mention E-verfy? What about people on the Hard Left making DEATH threats to Kill George Zimmerman or Officer Wilson? If the Police want to talk about Inciting Riots why not Ferguson and the fake Hands up don’t shoot BS!! There is a fence and security round the White House, Obama stops anyone who tries to enter his Taxpayer Funded Kingdom! Yet he doesn’t want a Fence or a Wall with Mexico? He wants to be safe with the Oligarchy, but doesn’t care about the WORKING POOR OR THE MIDDLE CLASS! Obama is an Elitist! Trump holds rallies and people use Saul Alinsky tactics to shut him down! Who is more civil Trump? Or the Hard Left? Trump has invited people to show up PEACEFULLY! But when jerks try to DESTROY a PEACEFUL RALLY! He has the RIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF AND TO TELL OTHERS TO DO THE SAME!

    The media is runned by the Oligarchy of the Ruling Elite. So don’t trust the News.

    Sean Swain must be a hard left douchebag! People in NC don’t put up with crap even from cheap dime store LEOs who ignore the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution. He can choose choose Communism while others choose Nationalism. But he should watch out. Many Trump supporters who support LEOs, won’t support him! Neither should the Law Enforcement Community!

    If we can protect Area 51 with Technology, our BORDERS SHOULD BE EASY! The USA built the Panama Canal, but we can’t build a DMZ by Mexico? Yet we send troops to South Korea to do the same? The Ruling Elite think were all Useless Eaters and Useful Idiots. Who believe everything they say.

    • Scott says:

      It’s clear that you’re completely unfamiliar with how the US gov’t works. CONGRESS is who enforces immigration law. You are the perfect Trump target audience: uneducated white male who has never served their nation and who has no idea how this nation’s laws are created or executed. Bravo. You’ve proven how this nation will operate if he’s POTUS – like a Third World nation.

    • Jo Mama says:

      It’s the Zionist method of wiping out white people and creating a mass mongrelization of the rest of the world, except for them. And everyone with any sense knows we need a much stronger border, and most people don’t know what a neutral or demilitarized zone is. Or have any clue how much effort we spend on protecting our corporate interests abroad, but not our own citizenry.

    • The Truth says:

      Have you got your tin foil hat on?

  10. Right, and while he’s “thinking about it” he uses his own personal views and the political climate to make a name for himself, lift himself up in the world. If he were just doing his job it would be done by now.

  11. BillUSA says:

    Pfffft, like anything will stick to Trump. Not because he is powerful, but because the charges are hot air. The sheriff is probably a liberal sympathizer coerced to press charges from the Clinton or Sanders camps. Possibly even the media. Not a conspiracy theorist here. Just someone who has observed the world for almost 56 years and learned never to dismiss the possibilities.

    • Dunstan says:

      That’s right, Bill. Everything is a liberal conspiracy.

      Please do yourself and others a favor: get the therapy you need so desperately. Now.

      • BillUSA says:

        I see you came up short on those standard reading comprehension skills. Do yourself a favor and try to remember what the OP actually wrote before you present your ignorance.

  12. Annabel says:

    Inciting a Riot? Really? What about George Soros FUNDING those specifically to INCITE RIOTS?
    Not to mention George Soros should be sent before the Tribunals for sending his own people to the gas chambers “best year of his life” he has stated. Also he needs to pay his taxes. Maybe Bernie will go after him!!!

  13. Lisa says:

    So, they’ll charge Trump with a ‘trumped up’ charge but they won’t charge George W Bush with war crimes, treason, a preemptive war and invading another country without just cause. Oh, America the Great!

    • The idea that you buy that a rogue President could fuck up the world like that and still not believe the massive piles of overwhelming evidence that it’s all a lie. How did Bush make a tiny hole in the side of The Pentagon with a massive fucking plane and zero wreckage or bodies? I could go on for days, but you’ve made your mind up to not only believe, but parrot their agenda for 15 years.

    • BillUSA says:


      There were indeed WMD’s dear. Hussein used them before and he was going to use them again. If the U.S. finds them, many American companies get thrown into a tub of scalding hot water. That reports exist which claim there were no WMD’s to be found could merely be a case of the U.S. reclaiming our technology or Syria taking them for themselves.

      I still see no reason to believe that starting the 2nd Gulf Conflict was anything different than what was stated, although not everything has to be known.

    • Sharron Hammer says:

      Right on!!!!!!!

    • GKN says:

      There’s nothing “trumped up” about it, if you know what the term means (essentially, “a false accusation”). We see him do it constantly, right on TV. And if you miraculously somehow missed all that, take a gander at the footage below.

      I agree with you, btw, re Bush, but he was more hypocritical, or just plain dumb – pretending to believe what Rumsfeld, Cheney and all his cronies told him. Unless he knew perfectly well they were lying. It definitely should be investigated. At last.

  14. Anthony says:

    As long as they put Hillary Clinton in jail, feel free to bring charges against Trump!

  15. Some of Mr. Trump’s rallies resemble footage from Leni Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of the Will”. He succeeds in dehumanizing those who protest against him, in turn justifying ANY response – punching, beating them to the point of being carried out on a stretcher, etc.

    What’s next, tar and feathers, keel hauling, “necktie parties”…? Security is one thing, mob vengeance quite another.

    Liberal or Conservative, Republican, Democrat or Independent, we should all turn our backs on anyone who encourages assault as part of the political process.

  16. Alex says:

    The left hate the police, now the left wants the same police to arrest Trump? The left has become unhinged, the anarchist in me is loving all this.

    • Jo Mama says:

      The “left” and “right” are just a bunch of people, they’re all the same. It’s more about which propagandized subject flooded that person’s family upbringing and stuck with them. The political wings are a Kabbalistic invention designed to keep people fighting with one another and not the people in charge. With the left and right, we’ll never have a revolution again. Just fight with the other side.

    • The Truth says:

      The left doesn’t hate the police. The left hates police abuse. Any reasonable person who’s heard Donald Trump repeatedly promote violence against protesters at his political rallies wants him brought to justice now. He bellows about being denied his First Amendment rights while exhorting his supporters to punch out his detractors for exercising the same rights. And then he offers to pay the legal fees for the assaulters and batterers. He claims the protesters are swinging first, while video clearly evidence demonstrates that the Trump goons are the instigators. But evidence and facts mean nothing to Trump. And the anarchist in you that’s loving all this is a perverse idiot.

    • GKN says:

      Then see a shrink while there’s still time.

  17. Michelle says:

    Excellent. He has incited riots, encouraged his supporters to beat, kick and punch others. There should be charges brought against him.

    • ............. says:

      What riot did he incite? The violent leftwing terrorists who broke up his Chicago rally? Is that who he incited? Your side?

  18. Blarin' Davis says:


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