We reported last month that a Wisconsin state senator was attacked during a riot where two statues were toppled, because he was taking pictures of the events as they unfolded right before him. The senator was assaulted pretty badly by two women at first, and then a whole bunch of people jumped in.
The two women have been arrested, police said.
State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee), was attacked in Madison on June 24 as he used his phone to film a group of protesters who tore down two statues on Capitol land. He was continually punched and kicked in the head during the attack. His injuries required surgery, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“I don’t know what happened … all I did was stop and take a picture … and the next thing I’m getting five, six punches, getting kicked in the head,” Carpenter told the newspaper last month.
Two people who were part of the “angry mob” that allegedly attacked the state senator were identified by police as Samantha Hamer, 26, and Kerida O’Reilly, 33, both from Madison, and both surrendered to police on Monday. Police announced on Monday that they are both now facing charges of substantial battery as a party to a crime and robbery with use of force as a party to a crime.
“Thanks to help from the community, the case detective was able to identify the two persons of interest,” police said in a statement. “Both turned themselves in today.”
Monday’s statement didn’t identify Carpenter by name, however Madison police said a politician reported to cops that he decided to use his phone to capture the protests right before he was assaulted.
“As he did, three people rushed toward him, saying something about his phone,” police said. “One knocked it out of his hand. He said he was then sucker punched. He fell to the ground and was battered by several people.”
A reporter told police that around 10 people started to kick and punch Carpenter as he “tried to explain” that he was an ally to the demonstrators, police said.
Am I the only one who thinks that itself is a problem? An elected official was siding with anarchists who were rioting and destroying public property.
The assault happened right after a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a government office in Madison, where protesters also toppled two statues, one of which was of Col. Hans Christian Heg, who was an abolitionist that died fighting for the Union during the Civil War. These animals didn’t even know what statues they were attacking, or they did, and it was never really about the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, but about Marxist revolution.
Carpenter told police he felt “lightheaded, stunned and dazed” after the attack, but he declined to go to a hospital. Police said a paramedic treated him at scene before he later decided to go to a hospital.
The state senator then had to have surgery for his injuries a week later, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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