- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Reno-area lawyers say a variety of complicated legal issues are emerging in the case of a man accused of driving his truck into a crowd of protesters, and two men in the group accused of attacking him.

The Oct. 10 incident at a Columbus Day rally in support of Native American rights has raised questions about self-defense, hate crimes and whether the protesters had a First Amendment right to block traffic on the city’s main casino drag.

Some of them surrounded the truck as it nosed into the group, striking the driver before he sped up through the crowd. One protester was seriously injured with multiple fractures.

Reno City Attorney Karl Hall told the Reno Gazette-Journal (https://tinyurl.com/znahzgl) the evidence will prove Mahaffey provoked the assault, but refused to elaborate.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com

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