FALL RIVER — Fall River Police have announced the arrest of a city man who allegedly assaulted an elderly supporter of President Donald Trump over the victim’s political views.

According to a press release, on June 2, Officer Charles O’Gara was dispatched to the area of North Main Street and Airport Road for a report of an elderly male that had been violently targeted for his political views and was violently assaulted.

Upon police arrival, the 82-year-old victim stated a white male, later identified as 27-year-old Aidan Courtright of 41 Rolling Green Drive in Fall River, had assaulted him. The victim stated he was standing on the grass area of the rotary at North Main Street and Airport Road, holding a sign in support of President Trump.

According to police, Courtright put his car in park, exited his vehicle, and then walked towards the victim while screaming “Give me the f------ sign!” They say Courtright then forcefully ripped the sign out of the victim’s hands, ripped it in half, and threw it on the ground.

Police say Courtright then went after the victim, grabbing him by his shirt, knocked his hat off, and threw him violently to the ground. While the victim was on the ground, Courtright allegedly continued the attack by kicking him in his ribs and legs. They say Courtright violently kicked the victim with his leather pointed shoes, then got back in his vehicle and drove off. The victim was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Police say the victim had visible bruising on his lower back. Two independent witnesses say they observed the attack and corroborated the victim’s version of events.

The victim stated that he believed that he was targeted and attacked because of his political beliefs and the Trump hat that he was wearing. Courtright was contacted by police and later turned himself in to authorities at the Fall River Police Station. He is charged with: civil rights violation with injury; assault and battery on a person over 60; vandalism of personal property; and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

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