An alleged white supremacist with a swastika tattoo has been charged with fighting in public after punching an Asian man at a White Lives Matter rally in Huntington Beach, California.
What happened: The incident began on Sunday when the Asian man, identified as Santa Ana resident Triet Tran, 36, approached Andrew Nilsen, 38, a resident of Huntington Beach, according to Raw Story.
“I want to understand why you hate me so much,” Tran told Nilsen, as shown in the video posted by producer and live streamer Andrew Kimmel on Twitter.
“If you're strong enough to stand for your beliefs," Tran said, "then speak to me."
Nilsen refused to acknowledge Tran's comments and questions. With his hands behind his back, Tran pressed on.
Tran eventually stepped in front of Nilsen, and the two men collided.
After pushing Tran away, Nilsen punched him in the face in the presence of police officers.
The aftermath: In a video posted by Instagram user Vishal Pratap Singh, an Asian officer declares that he saw Tran step in front of Nilsen.
Singh calls out the officers, accusing them of defending Nilsen even though they saw him punch Tran.
In another video posted by Singh, one of the officers escorts Nilsen to a less crowded area while patting his back.
The officer then says, "Thank you, brother," to Nilsen before handcuffing him.
Although Tran asked the police to charge his attacker with assault, Nilsen was only charged with fighting in public.
Singh shared in one of his Instagram posts that Tran was also arrested.
About the rally: Around 500 people gathered at the recent White Lives Matter rally on Sunday, Los Angeles Times reported.
What started as a peaceful gathering turned chaotic once supporters and protestors of the movement began to clash.
The LAPD arrested 12 people at the rally.
Two people were accused of using amplified sound, and authorities discovered a metal baton, pepper spray and a knife in one attendee's backpack.
NextShark has reached out to the Huntington Police Department for further comment and will update this story accordingly.
Feature Image via Raw Story
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