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North Carolina sheriff's office won't file charges against Trump campaign for 'riot'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visits a caucus site, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UPDATE -- A North Carolina town sheriff has decided to not press charges against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for "inciting a report, according to a release from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

"We have reviewed the evidence accumulated, and consulted with the detectives involved. The Sheriff's Office legal counsel advised, and the Sheriff concurred, that they evidence does not meet the requisites of the law as established under the relevant North Carolina statute and case law to support a conviction of the crime of inciting a riot," the release states.

The incident in question took place a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where Trump support John McGraw was caught on camera striking a protester who was being escorted out by security.

"Accordingly, we will not be seeking a warrant or indictment against Mr. Trump or his campaign for these offenses," the release continues. "While other aspects of our investigation are continuing, the investigation with regard to Mr. Trump and his campaign has been conclude and no charges are anticipated."


ORIGINAL -- The 78-year-old man who was caught on video punching a protester at a Trump campaign event in North Carolina may not be the only one facing repercussions from his actions.

According to The Fayetteville Observer, The Cumberland County Sheriff's office is considering bringing charges against Donald Trump himself, for "inciting a riot."

The incident in question took place at a Fayetteville event. The 78-year-old involved in the incident has been identified as John Franklin McGraw of Linden, North Carolina.

Questions regarding the responsibility Trump has for the increased violence at his campaign events have been swirling as news of a series of scuffles at his rallies spreads.

While Trump has vehemently denied being at fault for these confrontations, the sheriff's office has said they are looking into "the totality of these circumstances, including any additional charges against Mr. McGraw, including the potential of whether there was conduct on the part of Mr. Trump or the Trump campaign which rose to the level of inciting a riot."

McGraw has been charged with casualty and disorderly conduct. In an interview with Inside Edition McGraw defended his actions saying that the protester "deserved it."

As The Associated Press reported, Trump said on "Meet The Press," that McGraw "got carried away" and "maybe he doesn't like seeing what's happening to the country."

Asked if he intended to help McGraw with his legal fees, as Trump has promised to do before, Trump said "I've actually instructed my people to look into it, yes."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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