Charges against UNC professor Dwayne Dixon were dropped on Thursday morning at the Orange County Courthouse.
Dixon was charged with simple assault by editor-in-chief of Big League Politics, Patrick Howley. Judge Samantha Cabe dismissed the case due to a mistake in the charging document, which wrongly refers to Dixon as the victim instead of perpetrator.
The incident in question occurred on Aug. 20, the day Silent Sam was forcibly removed from its pedestal. Dixon was accused of striking Howley twice and unsuccessfully attempting to strike a third time while Howley followed Dixon, attempting to ask him questions for Howley's website of which he is part-owner and editor-in-chief.
Dixon’s lawyer, Scott Holmes, spent the time in court attempting to prove Howley’s biases against Dixon. Holmes asked Howley about an incident that occurred last spring when Howley entered Dixon’s place of work uninvited, attempting to interview him. Howley alleged Dixon assaulted the photographer with him at that time but chose not to file a report about the incident.
A cell phone was shown as evidence in court. In the video, Howley is filming with a cell phone as he and Dixon argue about the events in Charlottesville. In the video, Howley alleges that Dixon, a member of Redneck Revolt — an anti-facist and anti-racist community defense organization — assaulted him.