CPD: Two charged following protests in Downtown Charleston Sunday


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston Police Department on Sunday announced that two people were charged during two separate protests at Marion Square and White Point Garden.

According to CPD, event organizer Justin Hunt, 31, of Summerville, reportedly did not cooperate with CPD officers at Marion Square Park. Hunt reportedly did not follow guidelines under the First Amendment Demonstration ordinance by leading a march on King Street. Hunt was identified by authorities and charged with violation of the first amendment ordinance.

CPD also reports that Jerome Smalls, 71, of Charleston was charged after exchanging words with a member of a counter-protest group and intentionally spit during the exchange at Sunday’s demonstration at White Point Garden. Smalls was charged with third-degree assault and battery. It is unclear if this particular protest was organized in response to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

This is developing with updates to come as News 2 receives new information.

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