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A progressive and openly gay state senator was attacked by violent Wisconsin rioters on Tuesday as they tore down two statues including one of an abolitionist hero who gave his life for the cause of ending slavery.
The mob was protesting the arrest of an African-American man outside of the Wisconsin State Capitol for going into a restaurant with a baseball bat and shouting on a megaphone.
“During the melee late Tuesday, Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter was assaulted after taking a photo of protesters,” reported USA today.
“Protesters, chanting for the release of the man who’d been arrested earlier, also broke glass at the Tommy Thompson Center on West Washington Avenue and smashed windows at the Dane County Jail and at the state Capitol before police arrived just before 1 a.m.”
When speaking with the Washington Post, Carpenter said the attack resulted in a possible concussion and fractured nose as well as severe bruising.
“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 Post. “This has got to stop before someone gets killed. Sad thing I’m on their side for peaceful demonstrations — am a Gay Progressive Dem Senator served 36 years in the legislature.”
On Twitter, Carpenter wrote “This is the picture that got me assaulted and beat up by a mob. Punched & kicked in the head. Might have concussion, left eye a little blurry, cheek swollen, sore neck and ribs. This has to stop before some innocent person gets killed. I locked up in the Capitol until it’s safe.”
“In one photo of the melee, Carpenter, dressed in a blue T-shirt and shorts, is standing in the street and looks to be engaged in an animated conversation with at least two people. It is not clear what was said between Carpenter and the protesters before the situation turned violent,” reported the Washington Post.
“Early Wednesday, Carpenter emailed the Washington Post a short video he took of a large group of protesters. In the 10-second clip, several people start yelling and pointing in Carpenter’s direction before at least two rush over to him and appear to grab at his phone.”
President Donald Trump responded to violent rioters and those attempting to vandalize and destroy statues situated on federal property. His tweet was censored by Twitter. It read:
“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the US with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent.” Trump announced. “This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!”