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Civil rights leader misses court date, could face arrest

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

The founder of a local civil rights group could soon be behind bars after he failed to show up to a Gaston County courtroom to face a traffic charge.

John Barnett was scheduled to appear in a Gaston County courtroom Monday morning after he was charged with driving with a revoked license.

He didn't show up. An arrest warrant could be issued for Barnett for not appearing in court.

John Barnett is the founder True Healing Under God (THUG).

He was arrested in January and was charged with driving with a revoked license.

Barnett, along with THUG, has pushed for community rallies after Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell was unarmed at the time.

As for Barnett, this isn't his first time in trouble with the law.

In 2012, the community leader was arrested in Salisbury for an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of driving with a revoked license and no inspection on his car.    

In 2010, Barnett was arrested for drinking and driving.

Authorities in Gastonia say at that time, he almost crashed into a squad car.

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