Armed White Man Confronts Black NC Volunteer At Polling Place

Armed White Man Confronts Black NC Volunteer At Polling Place

2:08pm Oct 25, 2018
People arrive for early voting at a polling place in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Police say an armed white voter confronted a black poll worker Wednesday in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Police in North Carolina say an armed white man confronted a black Republican volunteer at a polling place and has been arrested.

Volunteer Derek Partee tells The News & Observer that three white people angrily approached him Wednesday at a poll in Charlotte. He posted pictures of the people on Facebook, saying they were calling him racial slurs and threatening him. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say in a release that the armed man was carrying a BB gun. His identity hasn't been released yet.

Partee says the people approached him asking about his party, but "they didn't care whether I was a Democrat or a Republican, they just cared that I was black." Police say the other people won't be charged because they were found to have not violated any laws.

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