Man charged with pepper-spraying Confederate re-enactors
Aug. 18, 2017
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — Police say a man pepper-sprayed Confederate re-enactors in North Carolina during a reunion parade.
News outlets quote police as saying that 56-year-old Karl Smith of Morganton has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.
Authorities say he assaulted the re-enactors Thursday afternoon during the 2017 Soldiers Reunion parade in Newton, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) northwest of Charlotte.
According to a police report, Smith sprayed the re-enactors when they stopped to fire their weapons.
Police seized a small canister of pepper spray and a .38-caliber revolver for which Smith had a concealed-weapon permit.
The re-enactors were treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans were among a number of groups in the parade.