Cleveland man charged in protest fight fears he won't get a fair trial

A monument "To All Who Served In Memory of the Confederate Soldiers of Dickson County" is seen in front of the Dickson County Historic Courthouse on Monday, Aug. 14, in Charlotte, Tenn.

CHARLOTTE, Tenn. - Nobody here seemed to think much about the Confederate monument when it went up on the courthouse lawn in 2001. Planted in the main square, the roughly 6-foot-tall tablet bore a message to this city of 5,862 people.

"To all who served," reads the front. "In memory of the Confederate soldiers of Dickson County, Tenn."

But the back, which boasts an engraved image of the Confederate battle flag, has a Cleveland man considering requesting a change of venue for a charge he picked up during a protest against white nationalists in Dickson County.

"It was strange, because when I went into the courthouse, I didn't notice any people of color working there," John Carico, 30, said of his first court appearance earlier this month.