Lynn man arrested at Swampscott demonstration

SWAMPSCOTT — A Lynn man was arrested after a scuffle with radio talk showpersonality Dianna Ploss during the weekly Black Lives Matter/Blue Lives Matter demonstrations on Humphrey Street Thursday.

Police said the man, Lynn’s Nathan Dinnall, 39, of 104 Newhall St., tried to take Ploss’ digital camera that she was using to stream the demonstration over the internet. 

Though there have been incidents and criminal complaints lodged against people from one side or the other, this was the first actual arrest stemming from the demonstrations since they began in the spring, Swampscott Police Detective Sgt. Jay Locke said.

According to Locke, Dinnall approached Ploss, who leads the President Donald Trumpfaction of the Blue Lives Matter demonstrators. According to a video of the incident, in which Ploss is clearly visible, the two got into a heated, profanity-laced verbal altercation.

“He took offense to some of her past statements,” said Locke. 

“Several officers doing a security detail engaged him,” Locke said. “He was quite unruly. It took a few minutes to get him handcuffed and under control.”

Dinnall, a BLM protester, was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Lynn District Court on charges of unarmed robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and destruction of property.
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