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Protester charged with bringing handgun to anti-Klan rally

Several hundred protesters are pictured in downtown Durham on Aug. 18 in anticipation of a rumored march by the Ku Klux Klan in Durham. The march never took place but two people have now been arrested for bringing weapons to the event.
Several hundred protesters are pictured in downtown Durham on Aug. 18 in anticipation of a rumored march by the Ku Klux Klan in Durham. The march never took place but two people have now been arrested for bringing weapons to the event. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Another person has been charged with bringing a gun to an anti-Klan rally Aug. 18.

Christopher Daniel Brazil, 22, of Durham is accused of possessing a weapon at a public assembly and going armed to the terror of the public, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was released on a $5,000 secured bond.

Brazil was carrying a semi-automatic handgun in a holster, a warrant stated. The warrant also stated that Brazil assisted in blocking public roadways while armed.

Law enforcment officers previously arrested Dwayne Emil Dixon, 45. He was charged with two misdemeanors, having a weapon at a public assembly or rally and going armed to the terror of people. Dixon was seen carrying a semi-automatic rifle loaded with a 30-round magazine and carrying at least two other magazines, said Maj. Paul Martin. At the time of Dixon’s arrest, the Sheriff’s Office was looking for at least four more suspects who were carrying weapons.

Brazil, Dixon and other suspects were at an Aug. 18 gathering in downtown Durham in response to a rumored march by the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan march never happened.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1

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