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Army Veteran Assaulted and Hospitalized During Black Lives Matter Protest

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Matthew Whitehurst, 23, was enjoying an evening with friends at a football game before heading out to get something to eat. Todd Whitehurst said “A bunch of hoodlums that are throwing their lives away punched my son from behind who is serving his country and has his stuff together." A Black Lives Matter protest was underway where Matthew said he and his friends were walking by the Transit Center and Whitehurst, an army veteran, was assaulted.

Todd Whitehurst stated “I don't think it's anyone that blended into the crowd. I think it's a group of gangs. And there are valid protesters in their opinion that have the right to do whatever they want to. But I think some of these gang elements get in there and think it's an excuse to do something when they don't have a right to.” Todd added that his son told him that he “turned around, saw a black male with a red bandana and dreadlocks as the one he said hit him. And there was probably 15 to 20 of them that looked like that. Matthew was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery on Tuesday.

Todd Whitehurst shared “I just drove my son home who has his jaw wired shut, and a mandible fracture in two with a plate and his jaw wired shut. And he threw up on the way home with his mouth shut.” Matthew has served in the army in the Middle East and South Korea. He was due to be deployed to Europe next month, but it now looks as though it will be put on hold. Matthew's father added “I'm angry and I want whoever did this to pay for what they did."

Photo: Washington Star News, Independent Sentinel

Matthew had to be hospitalized after the attack.

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