LEWISVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say that a white man has been accused of assaulting two family members whose car displayed a homemade Black Lives Matter sign and a sign honoring Breonna Taylor.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Wednesday that the incident occurred Dec. 3 in Forsythe County.

According to arrest warrants, Rod Steven Sturdy, 55, of Lewisville, faces two misdemeanor charges of simple assault and assault on a female. The warrants said that Sturdy punched Olivia Pugh and her juvenile brother in the face.

Helen Parsonage, the family’s attorney, said the incident began when Nova Tempest, Pugh and their brother were driving to a dental appointment. Parsonage said Sturdy tailgated the family’s car and then blocked the family’s car in a parking lot.

Parsonage said Sturdy hit Pugh and her brother in the face and used racist language. LaShanda Millner, a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, confirmed to the newspaper that Sturdy used racist language and had tailgated the family.

Sturdy told the newspaper by phone that, “I’m going to court, and you can be there.” He also said he didn’t think the news media cared about the facts before he hung up.

Breonna Taylor was a Black woman who was shot and killed by Louisville police in March as they executed a search warrant. Taylor’s death sparked protests over racial injustice and police brutality.