Rioter Charged With Assault For Punching Trump Supporter Leaving Minneapolis Rally

Chris Menahan
Oct. 25, 2019

A rioter who was filmed punching a Trump supporter in the mouth as he left President Trump's campaign rally in Minneapolis two weeks ago has been arrested and charged with third-degree assault.

From the Star Tribune, "Felony charge filed in punching of man leaving Trump rally in Minneapolis":
Dwight P. Lewis, 31, of Richfield, was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court with third-degree assault. Lewis remains jailed in lieu of $40,000 bail ahead of a court appearance Thursday.

[...] The allegations against Lewis say:

A man went to police the day after the rally and said he was punched in the mouth outside Target Center following the event. His injuries required multiple stitches. A separate police report described the 22-year-old victim as just leaving the rally when a shirtless man attacked him.

Police located news media video of the assault online and used other media video to identify Lewis as the attacker. Lewis surrendered to police Monday and admitted that he punched the man, authorities said.

Lewis has a criminal history in Minnesota that includes some violent acts and spans his entire adult life. He has been convicted four times for disorderly conduct, twice for assault and once each for property damage and making terroristic threats.
If he's facing one third-degree assault charge the punishment is "imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both."

The Star Tribune did not share the video of Lewis' assault.

AlphaNewsMN reported Thursday that the public interest law firm The Upper Midwest Law Center "wants to talk to anyone who saw violence or police 'stand down' episodes at or after the rally" as they're working to potentially "pursue civil legal action against the individual perpetrators and the Minneapolis politicians and left-wing organizations who are responsible for these actions and/or for the failure to enforce the law."

"We especially want information which may help identify individuals: descriptions, names, company or organization logo jackets or shirts, police names, descriptions or badge numbers (to get to the higher-ups who issued the stand-down orders, not to harass the officers)."

"If you can help, email the Upper Midwest Law Center at [email protected] with a brief description of what you saw and how to reach you."

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