Duke lecturer arrested for allegedly assaulting officer while protesting confederate rally
Rann Bar-On, a lecturer in the mathematics department, was arrested Saturday for allegedly assaulting a law enforcement officer and injuring personal property, according to The Times-News of Burlington.
The Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County group—named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center—held a Saturday rally during a "Confederate Memorial Day" event. In response, members of the Triangle Industrial Workers of the World, including Bar-On, held a counter-rally to oppose white supremacy.
According to police, Bar-On attempted to destroy a flag apparently set up earlier in the day by someone with ACTBAC. Police told The Times-News that Bar-On tried to pour an unidentified liquid on the flag, which police think might have been lighter fluid. As one police officer tried to get the flag back, Bar-On allegedly struck the officer with the flag pole.
He was charged with felony assault on a police officer and a misdemeanor for damage to personal property. Bar-On was previously arrested in March for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and inciting a riot, according to the News and Observer.
Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, declined to comment on the arrest.