Swampscott, MA – A Black Lives Matter activist who was honored by the Boston Red Sox in August was arrested on Saturday after he hit an 80-year-old female Trump supporter at a rally.
Article originally published at The Police Tribune.
Ernst Jean-Jacques Jr. was honored on the big screen at Fenway Park on Aug. 28 as part of the Boston Red Sox’s “Hats Off to Heroes” program, according to a post he put on his Facebook page on Aug. 30.
He posted a copy of the letter he received from the Red Sox telling him that he had been selected to be honored during the program that usually recognizes military members during baseball games.
“This year, with everything that has been going on, we got permission from the presenting sponsor John Hancock to expand the breadth of the program… On Aug. 28 we are going to recognize an activist and pillar of their community, and I would absolutely love it if we could highlight you, for all that you do for the city and in the fight against social injustice,” the letter read.
Jean-Jacques also posted a video of the game that showed him waving from the big screen while the announcer sang his praises. On Dec. 12, the pillar of the community was arrested for attacking an elderly woman at a Trump rally, The Daily Item reported. The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. during a demonstration by supporters of President Donald Trump at Monument Square in Swampscott.
Trump rallies have been held on Thursdays in that location for 35 weeks in a row but recently made the switch to Saturday, The Daily Item reported.
“It was a powder keg,” Swampscott Police Sergeant Jay Locke told The Daily Item. “Just the way people were interacting with one another. This was definitely more aggressive action than in previous weeks. It felt like it was going to be violent at any moment.”
Counter-protesters at Monument Square on Saturday were mostly from out-of-town and led by 33-year-old Joseph Castro Del Rio, The Daily Item reported. Del Rio was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon in November after he struck a man wearing a pro-Israel hat with a whip during a Black Lives Matter protest, the Boston Herald reported.
He was also involved in a violent protest in Saugus in October, The Daily Item reported. Former conservative radio host Dianna Ploss was filming a video at the rally in Swampscott when Jean-Jacques approached a group of pro-Trump women who were dancing to “It’s Raining Men” that was blasting from loudspeakers nearby.
“It’s raining Trumps,” Jean-Jacques sang through a black facemask in the video as he danced at the women in an antagonizing manner, the video showed.
In the video, 80-year-old Linda Greenberg approached the barricade where the activist was dancing. The camera is briefly blocked by another dancing woman with an American flag but when she moved, Jean-Jacques punched the elderly woman in front of him. Greenberg may have splashed water on Jean-Jacques but that couldn’t be seen in the video, The Daily Item reported.
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The video showed Greenberg doubled over in pain and holding a water bottle as other rally-goers tried to help her. Several women in the video screamed for the police and Jean-Jacques was quickly apprehended and escorted away in handcuffs by officers, The Daily Item reported.
Greenberg refused medical attention at the scene. Jean-Jacques was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a person 60 years or older for his attack on Greenberg, The Daily Item reported. He was released on $550 bail.
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