Violent anti-Trump protesters attempted to break up a Trump rally in Janesville, Wisconsin yesterday. They were outside the rally harassing folks waiting to get into the venue and yelling profanity at them. When one of the protesters punched an older man after screaming expletives in his face someone in the crowd doused her with pepper spray. The video is below if you haven’t seen it.
Organizers started spreading the story that the young woman is just 15 years old. (UPDATE – See police statment below which says she is 15, contradicting the reporters quoted below.) Never mind asking why a minor would be there without parental supervision. And let’s not forget that she’s the one who punched an old man. Except that according to a reporter from Channel 3 in Madison, Wisconsin, she’s not actually 15. The reporter says in the Tweet below that police say the woman who was sprayed is 19 years old and from Madison. An NBC reporter has posted a video of her identifying herself as “Alex.” She claimed that someone touched her chest, though the video of the altercation which is included below doesn’t show it. A recent update (more below) from Janesville police says they are seeking a man in connection with the alleged groping.
Chief: sex assault happened before Trump arrived; person who was sprayed w/ pepper spray was 19-yo Madison woman
— Leah Linscheid (@news3leah) March 29, 2016
And here is video of the the young woman with police who were on site to keep the protesters in line.
Protester says she was maced in the face after pushing back a person she says touched her chest inappropriately. pic.twitter.com/8CEXJNZchq
— Shaquille Brewster (@shaqbrewster) March 29, 2016
Trump Protester Punches Old Man
UPDATE: Janesville police have issued a clarifying statement which reads in part:
“A 15 year old girl from Janesville was peppered sprayed in the crowd by a non-law enforcement person. A 19 year old woman from Madison received 2nd hand spray as well. Both individuals received medical attention at local hospitals. A male in the crown groped the 15 year girl, when she pushed him away; another person in the crown sprayed her. We are currently looking for two suspects, one for the sexual assault and one for the pepper spray.”