Friend says Chattanooga man arrested at Charlottesville rally was part of counter protest

Virginia State Police say 21-year-old Troy Dunigan of Chattanooga was among three arrested Saturday. Dunigan is seen here an in old mug shot from a January 2017 arrest in Hamilton County. (IMAGE: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.)

UPDATE: Beth Foster, Co-Director of Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, talked to NewsChannel 9 over the phone and says Troy Dunigan was a counter protester. She told us, "He asked me to speak on his behalf and let everyone know that he is an anarchist, part of the anti-fascist movement and he was there to confront and to oppose white supremacy. And it was in doing this that he was charged and arrested." According to Foster, she knows him through her work with Mercy Junction.


A Chattanooga man is among three people arrested related to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday.

Virginia State Police arrested 21-year-old Troy Dunigan of Chattanooga and charged him with disorderly conduct.

Police also arrested Jacob Smith, of Lousia, Virginia and charged him with misdemeanor assault and battery.

They also arrested James O'Brien of Gainesville, Florida and charged him with carrying a concealed handgun.

Dunigan has a criminal history in Hamilton County and was arrested in February 2017 for violating probation. He was charged with theft in 2015.

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