News

Conviction stands for man who punched Silent Sam demonstrator

The conviction of a Burlington man for punching a demonstrator opposing the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument last year will stand.

Barry Lee Brown of Burlington, a member of neo-Confederate group Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County (ACTBAC), was convicted of simple affray after punching one of a number of demonstrators preventing his group from placing flowers at the base of the toppled monument at UNC-Chapel Hill last August.

Brown had appealed the conviction but withdrew his appeal this week.

This week Brown also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault on a female in a separate case. He was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation. In May he was charged with misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order, felony breaking and entering to terrorize and simple assault.

Brown, whose group has frequently clashed with anti-racist protesters around the issue of Confederate statues, has a long history of criminal convictions.

In 2008 he was convicted on charges of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats and second degree trespassing.  He was convicted of felony possession of cocaine in 2005 and had two misdemeanor convictions in 2000 for wanton injury to real property.

Though Brown set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his defense on the Silent Sam-related punching, he raised just $340 of his $5,000 goal.

Brown is not the only member of ACTBAC to be charged with offenses related to the Silent Sam controversy.

In March the group’s founder, Gary Williamson, was charged with one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing arrest and was issued a trespass warning from McCorkle Place, the former site of the Silent Sam monument. Williamson’s charges stemmed from his attempt to stop the removal of the statue’s base, which was ordered removed from its site by former UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt before her resignation.

Check Also

Lawmakers shape new bills as unemployment claims top 450,000

More than 450,000 North Carolinians have filed for ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Last week the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law, the third phase [...]

Advocates, family members plead with Gov. Cooper to to take action "before it's too late [...]

Front-line medical workers in North Carolina need more personal protective equipment, work flexibili [...]

Dizni DeBerry, a Hillside High School senior in Durham, vividly remembers the week before schools cl [...]

Like many others, I’ve spent the past few weeks in a state of constant worry: I’m afraid for my pare [...]

The post Response time appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

It’s the sacred right of all Americans to complain about their government – even if they do so in de [...]

The post Safety net. appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]