Shacara McLaurin, 23, from Brooklyn, New York, is described as the “anti-bullying ambassador” but that designation is in doubt after, according to police, she was arrested on Thursday night for pushing an elderly Trump supporter to the ground in a fight outside Trump Tower in Manhattan. The 74-year-old man, James Durkan, required medical attention after hitting his head on the concrete.
McLaurin is the spokeswoman behind Stomp Out Bullying and has widely told her own story of being the victim of beating in 2011. Classmates at a Brooklyn school wanted to keep her out of a talent show and five teenagers from her school were charged over the attack.
McLaurin appears to be a talented singer and she was the lead singer in the Harlem Gospel Choir performing at the Plaza Hotel nearby before the incident.
She is also described as a Black Lives Matter protester and allegedly turned violent after the elderly man screamed that “all lives matter.”
McLaurin faces two assault charges, including a felony based on the man’s age.
However, McLaurin offered a distinctly different account. She says that Durkan called her a “n—er, a black beast” and, as her counsel stated, “The complainant in this case is nothing more than a Trump bully.” The police quote McLaurin as saying “I pushed him. He’s a faker. He wasn’t pushed hard enough to fall. It took him a long time to fall. I did tell him if he keeps following me, I will f him up.”
The police clearly did not accept the argument of self-defense and this will come down to the videotape and witnesses.