In 2011, Shacara McLaurin was bullied and attacked by classmates. That incident led her to become an anti-bullying advocate for Stomp Out Bullying, an initiative that targets young people who are being bullied. Now she is being charged with the very thing she advocates against after she allegedly assaulted a 73-year-old man at a rally on Thursday night in front ofNew York’s Trump Tower. McLaurin is accused of pushing the man to the ground, which caused him to hit his head on the sidewalk. The incident occurred after the man shouted “All lives matter” in response to anti-Trump protesters.
Because of the age of the victim, McLaurin has been charged with two assault charges one of which is a felony. A spokesperson for the New York Police Department stated to media “We had a 74-year-old man and 23-year-old female engaged in a dispute. That dispute turned physical when the female pushes the man to the ground. The victim suffered substantial pain and dizziness. He was taken to hospital with an injury to the back of his head.”
Protests at Trump Tower took place shortly after the election results were announced. On Wednesday, police estimated that at least 8,000 were gathered at the building. Protesters burned an American flag and expressed outrage and grief over the election. The crowd held signs that read “Trump Makes America Hate” and “Impeach Trump.” McLaurin was the only person arrested at Thursday night’s rally.