Police: Man charged for pepper-spraying person ahead of equality rally

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Police arrest Morris May White, who is accused of pepper-spraying a transgender woman in Asbury Park. Police arrest Morris May White, who is accused of pepper-spraying a transgender woman in Asbury Park.
ASBURY PARK -

A Scotch Plains man is facing charges after he allegedly pepper-sprayed someone preparing for an equality rally in Asbury Park.

Morris May White was charged with aggravated assault for the Sunday attack.

White tells News 12 New Jersey that he and the person got into an argument prior to the incident. He says that he warned the person to get out of his personal space and then used pepper-spray when they failed to move.

Witnesses say that the incident happened while volunteers were making signs ahead of the Labor Day equality rally.

Hundreds gathered in Springwood Park for the Monday event.

Asbury Park Mayor John Moor says that Sunday’s incident was an isolated one and that his city thrives off diversity. 

"They did pick the wrong city and I think you're going to see a diverse community coming together today to solve this and hopefully solve future [problems],” Moor says. “It's not going to end today. It's going to keep on going. Where next? Nobody has an idea."

The person who was pepper-sprayed was not seriously injured.

White says that he has a court date scheduled in October.

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