A North Carolina man was arrested after footage on Monday when an SUV was operating on a Black Lives Matter guard during a rally in Tennessee on Saturday.
Officials said 37-year-old Jared Benjamin Laffer handed himself over to police and was charged with an assault.
A clip posted on Facebook over the weekend showed 31-year-old Jonathan Bowers standing in a crosswalk in Johnson City.
The driver of the Ford Expedition, later identified by police as Lafer, slammed him to the ground before driving directly over the head of the guard and leaving the scene.
Leffer’s lawyer confirmed to his wife and their three young children that children under six were in the car with them, saying: ‘What they felt was the need to get out of a situation that they felt Dangerous for his family. ‘
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Jared Benjamin Laffer has been charged with one count of aggravated assault according to the picture
Footage show as a protestor was killed in Johnson City on Saturday. The driver of the SUV, later identified by police as Laffer, climbed directly over the head of the guard, dropped him to the ground before driving and exited the scene.
The clip shows the protester standing in front of the SUV, along with at least one other protester.
It is not known what led to the incident but the driver downed the protestor.
The motorist drives on his feet before fleeing the scene after knocking the guard to the ground.
A second guard with the dog can be seen standing just yards away.
The man who recorded the footage says that ‘O My God’ was in the form of other protesters, when the man helped.
Laffer, who was released on $ 20,000 bond, is from Bakersville, an hour’s drive from Johnson City. Online profile for The Lafer Show. He is a real estate agent.
More than 1,000 people have since signed a petition accusing the driver of committing suicide with vehicles.
Posting the footage online, Brent Chaffin said: ‘In a peaceful protest tonight for #BlackLivesMatter, a car was ruthlessly rammed by a photographer and a mob of protesters.’
Laffer, who was released on $ 20,000 bond, is from Bakersville, an hour’s drive from Johnson City.
The online profile for the Lafer show is a real estate agent who worked for Coldwell Banker King. Owner Terry King told News 11: ‘Mr. Lafer was an independent contractor with King, a Coldwell banker. He is no longer affiliated with our company. We have nothing to do with Jared Lafer. ‘
Leffer’s lawyer, Mac Meade, said: ‘This is not a case about racism. This is the case about a man who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, which he faced as a dangerous, dangerous situation.
‘His entire family, his wife and his three young children under the age of six were in the car with him. And he did what he felt was necessary to get out of a situation that he found dangerous for his family. ‘
The driver of the Ford Expedition, later identified as Lafer, came directly in front of the defender, slammed him to the ground before driving over and left the scene
Victoria Grace Hewlett, a spokesperson for the New Panthers Initiative, who helped organize the protests, said: ‘The driver could have been left at the intersection, avoided the occupied crosswalks and easily taken another route Was, but chose to legitimately drive his car through a crowd. Using a crosswalk.
‘The driver was clearly not in any danger and had no right to endanger the lives of other people. After driving a personal over, the driver began to move rapidly, showing no concern for the person, injuring them. ‘
Hewlett confirmed that the victim was left with two broken legs.