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UNC professor faces assault charges after Silent Sam rally

Editor-in-chief of conservative news outlet claims he was the victim

Dwayne Dixon, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, is facing assault charges after his involvement in a rally that toppled the Silent Sam statue on campus. The editor of a conservative media outlet claimed that he was a victim of Dixon’s assault.

Patrick Howley, editor-in-chief of Big League Politics, told The Herald Sun that Dixon had assaulted him and should be fired.

Howley tweeted, “UNC professor Dwayne Dixon has been served a criminal summons for simple assault against me.” The professor has been ordered to appear in court Sept. 27 based on Howley’s allegations against Dixon.

Dixon struck Howley in the face and the head, according to Campus Reform, which said it obtained the UNC police incident report. A video uploaded by a Big League Politics reporter purportedly shows the attack.

WRAL reported yesterday that authorities are charging Dixon with simple assault, which means that no weapons were used and there were no major injuries from the incident. He is also charged with warning of trespass for his involvement in the Aug. 20 rally.

Dixon joins a long list of more than two dozen protesters who have been arrested or charged following a series of protests about the Silent Sam statue.

Read the Herald SunCampus Reform and WRAL reports.

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