A white woman who knocked down a black singer onstage after he dedicated a song to slain teen Trayvon Martin has avoided a hate crime charge and has instead been charged with assault and abuse.
Lester Chambers, 73, the ex-lead singer for the Chambers Brothers, was forcefully shoved into a sound amplifier by Dinalynn Andrews-Potter, 43, as he sang Curtis Mayfield’s 1965 peace anthem “People Get Ready” at a San Francisco’s blues Hayward Festival.
The July 13 incident, captured on video, happened the same day a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of the unarmed black teen in a verdict that triggered nationwide protests.
Video footage shows Andrews-Potter rushing to the stage and shouting something before pushing Chambers into equipment on stage. Witnesses said several band members and fans then tackled the woman.
Police arrested Andrews-Potter straight after the incident and later released her. On Wednesday, a warrant was issued for her arrest. It’s not yet known if she has retained a lawyer as attempts to reach her for comment have been unsuccessful.
Chambers had urged the Alameda County district attorney to charge Andrews-Potter with a hate crime.
However, authorities said her motives were unclear and the district attorney found no evidence of racial animus.