Student Reporter Attacked at Pro-Immigration Rally, Mistaken for Alt-Right

Now we’re back to hurting people because of how they look.

In early September, a pro-sanctuary city rally was held at the University of Texas-Austin. A student journalist was there documenting the event when all of a sudden, he was bashed in the head by a protester. His only crime was "looking like" a Nazi.

Chase Karacostas is a reporter for the student paper The Daily Texan and was covering the protest against a state law that requires local police to cooperate with Homeland Security in rounding up illegal aliens slated for deportation. In mid-interview with a bystander, Karacostas was assaulted by one of the organizers of the protest, Eric Nava-Perez.

Nava-Perez is a grad student at UT-Austin and is a member of Sanctuary UT, which organized the protest. He is charged with assault and bodily injury for becoming aggressive with Karacostas and hitting the reporter’s phone into his eybrow and causing a cut that required six stitches. Nava-Perez has also been banned from campus.

His fellow protesters claim they saw no violence and became angry when they saw Nava-Perez getting escorted out by police. They chanted, “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?” They thought the police were being racist. They also victim-blamed Karacostas for not doing enough “to make it clear he wasn't a wrongthinking person,” as Reason put it.

A report cited in its coverage added:

[Sanctuary UT organizer Charles Holm] also argued that Karacostas should have more clearly identified himself as a reporter so that he would not be mistaken for a right-wing agitator. Karacostas responded he did not yet have a press badge because it's so early in the semester.

Karacostas said he had asked protesters who Nava-Perez was a few minutes earlier so he could identify him in a video he had taken. Holm said Nava-Perez may have interpreted this as an attempt to dox him.

We’re not supposed to judge people by their looks, unless they look alt-right, then it’s punch a Nazi time. It's hard to keep up with all the rules when they change daily.

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