Woman Charged With Assault in Lester Chambers Attack

Lester Chambers

Woman Charged With Assault in Lester Chambers Attack

Singer believes incident was racially motivated.

Published August 15, 2013

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A woman who attacked 73-year-old singer Lester Chambers at a blues festival last month after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin has been charged with felony assault, authorities said Wednesday (Aug. 14).

Dinalynn Andrews-Potter, 43, faces felony assault counts in addition to elderly abuse for the July 13 altercation at the Bay Area Blues Festival. An Alameda County Superior Court judge issued a warrant for her arrest on Wednesday.

The musical dedication took place days before Martin's accused killer George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder. Chambers, lead singer of soul group the Chambers Brothers, was barely into his rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" when Andrews-Potter stormed the stage yelling, "It's all your fault!" She then knocked him to the ground.  

Both Chambers and his family believe the incident was racially motivated and want her charged with a hate crime.

"It is a hate crime," he said. "There's no other reason for it. She had hate in her face like a demon." 

Chambers suffered minor injuries from the incident, and has hired a lawyer. Authorities will determine if a hate crime charge will be added to the filing.

It is unclear if Andrews-Potter has legal representation.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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