East York resident allegedly assaulted at LGBT rally
A York County resident was allegedly assaulted last weekend during an Equality March in Harrisburg.
According to Tara Stark, an attendant at the march and volunteer at the LGBT Center of Central PA, an unidentified man protesting the march — carrying a sign that read, in part, “3rd world refugees brought drug resistant AIDS to the US last year” — stood near Equality March participants Sunday on the steps of the state Capitol building.
Video taken at the event shows the man pushing away a marcher and later getting into an altercation with another march participant.
The footage shows Cas Dell, identified by Stark as an East York resident, attempting to rip the sign away from the protester. The protester appeared to tug the sign back, causing Dell to fall off a ledge of stairs.
The video does not show the rest of the incident. However, after the protester was escorted from the property by police, Dell can be seen on the ground receiving attention from parade participants.
According to Stark, the protester punched Dell several times and yanked Dell's hair and piercings. The protester was asked to leave several times, according to Stark, but refused to leave.
State Capitol Police spokesman Troy Thompson confirmed that an incident occurred at the Sunday demonstration. He said police are investigating and will have no further comment unless charges are brought.
Dell could not be reached for comment.