An alleged attack on the downtown mall has garnered a lot of attention in Charlottesville and on social media. Now people upset with the coverage of the incident are making their voices heard.
Dozens protested in front of the C-Ville Weekly office Friday evening, including two of the men involved in the situation. An article published in the C-Ville Weekly has many people upset.
"It makes people who already don't like blacks to point the finger and say ‘this is why we need them out of the town,’" said Kishara Griffin, one of the protesters.
Protesters call the article’s contents irresponsible, racist reporting.
Both Richard Spears and Malcolm Stevenson, who were originally pegged as the attackers were there. They say the article painted them to be something they're not.
"I used to work a block away from here and now I don't even want to be here,” Stevenson said.
In the article, Jeanne Doucette and Marc Adams gave their version of the events that happened on the downtown mall back in December. It alleged Spears and Stevenson brutally beat the couple and high-fived each other. Social media also played a major role after Doucette posted blurred pictures of the alleged attackers.
Spears' mother Georgine says the whole thing could have all been avoided.
“For something to pop out of the box and just create such a friction and a lot of mayhem with something that could have been resolved by actually just printing a piece of paper correctly,” she said.
Those speaking out say they want to send the message that everyone is equal and should be treated that way.
"Everybody come together, no matter what background you have,” Griffin said. “Come together and fight for what's right."
Both Spears and Stevenson have since filed assault charges against Doucette and Adams. All of them are due back in court over the next two months, Spears and Stevenson on February 5 and Doucette and Adams on March 21.
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