An incident and subsequent protest at a local pawn shop resulted in the arrest of a counter-protester and a criminal summons for the businesses owner on Monday.
According to reports from the Johnson City Police Department, Daryl Lovelace was issued a criminal summons after grabbing a woman’s arm and taking her to the ground after she pushed through a door he was blocking to exit the business. A brief fight was broken up by an officer at the scene, according to the report and video from the incident posted to Facebook.
The protest began after a pawn shop employee refused to sell a firearm to a person with a group of people wearing “New Panthers” t-shirts. The group claimed the refusal was racial discrimination.
Police told the woman who was knocked to the ground how to obtain a criminal summons, which she later did. The woman told the Press that she wanted to press charges and was considering filing a lawsuit.
During a subsequent protest that began after the initial confrontation, counter-protestors arrived, spawning another fight that left one counter-protester bloodied and in handcuffs. The man, identified as Randall Gray, was charged with disorderly conduct.
No protesters were arrested during the protest as a result of the altercation, though one was briefly detained before being released.