Singer Attacked and Injured Onstage After Dedicating Song To Travyon Martin [Photo]
Rucuss staffJuly 15, 2013
There are plenty of mixed emotions over the George Zimmerman verdict.
Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder on July 13, and since then there have been many peaceful protests and dedications around the United States. However, a singer was attacked onstage while performing a song dedicated to Trayvon Martin over the weekend.
While R&B Hall Of Famer Lester Chambers was performing at the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival in downtown Hayward, Calif. on Saturday, he announced he was going to sing a Curtis Mayfield song from The Impressions, People Get Ready in honor of the memory of Trayvon Martin, the Constra Costa Times reports.
But things didn’t go as planned because Dinalynn Andrews Potter, 43, allegedly rushed Chambers as he was addressing the crowd. The white woman allegedly tackled the 73-year old to the ground.
Friends and fellow musicians weighed in on the attack on Chambers’ Facebook page, including friend Kurt “Crowbar” Kangas.
“Lester is fine, just a bit sore and he will feel it tomorrow, the woman who attacked him was white and yelled something like “it’s all your fault” before she hit him,” Kangas wrote on Facebook. “He went down hard but was halfway caught by Barren, thank God, she was subdued by Police and taken away while the para-medics came and took him to a local Hospital where he went thru a series of cat scans, no broken bones, the only injury for now is a 8″ scratch in the kidney area of his back and it’s starting to swell.”
Andrews Potter was arrested and booked on suspicion of battery and later released. The Chambers family is looking to charge the woman with a hate crime. Chambers reportedly suffered a bruised rib and a scar on his lower back.
Photos via Examiner and KTVU.com
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