It was the nut shot heard around the world. A protester — now identified as Joshua Stuart Cobin of Scottsdale, Arizona — was shot in the groin by a pepper ball after he kicked a tear gas canister back at police outside of President Donald Trump’s rally Tuesday in Phoenix.
Now, he’s facing assault charges. Cobin was arrested Thursday night and charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault on police and a misdemeanor for unlawful assembly, according to CBS 5.
Cobin doesn’t believe he did anything really bad.
“I don’t equate kicking or putting back tear gas canisters as attacking police. I never attacked a police officer,” he said in an interview. “That was not an unlawful assembly and that I had every right to be there. And that tear gas was in the way of myself and every other peacefully assembled protesters being there.”
“[Cobin] has posted images and admissions to his crime on social and local media outlets,” said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard.
Phoenix Police had to use tear gas and pepper spray against the crowd because it started to throw bottles and rocks. Law enforcement used the anti-riot measures to also stop the fights in the protesting crowd.
In another case, a masked, anti-Trump protester was caught on video punching a black man in the back of a pickup. While he punched the unarmed man, the protester was carrying a sign that read “I [Heart] My Muslim Neighbor.”