Senator Tim Carpenter was attacked by a violent crowd in Wisconsin late on Tuesday evening while taking a picture at a protest.
"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," state Sen. Tim Carpenter told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Carpenter a Democratic state senator says he was punched and kicked multiple times in the head, neck, and ribs. He added, that the attack left him injured and suffering from a possible concussion.
Carpenter posted the 11 second clip onto Twitter early Wednesday morning, saying that he “took this pic [and] it got me assaulted & beat up. According to Carpenter, eight to ten people were involved in the attack and were punching and kicking him in the head, neck, and ribs.”'
I took this pic- it got me assaulted & beat up. Punched/kicked in the head, neck, ribs. Maybe concussion, socked in left eye is little blurry, sore neck & ribs. 8-10 people attacked me. Innocent people are going to get killed. Capitol locked- stuck in office.Stop violence nowPlz! pic.twitter.com/Zw2hdfYG66
— Tim Carpenter (@TimCarpenterMKE) June 24, 2020
Crowds outside the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues and attacked a state senator between protests following the arrest of a Black man who was at a restaurant with a megaphone and a baseball bat.
Video released by the Madison Police Department shows the man talking through his megaphone Tuesday while walking near the restaurant’s outdoor patio. He goes inside and the owner responds, he's "disturbing" the restaurant due to being armed with a baseball bat.
The unrest follows weeks of mostly peaceful protests in the name of the death of George Floyd, who died on May 25th in Minneapolis after a white police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee down on Floyd's neck while handcuffed.
The man, identified by police as Devonere Johnson, got into a struggle with officers as they tried to arrest him, CBS reported.
In a second video released by police, at least five officers can be seen trying to restrain Johnson.
The Statues of Wisconsin’s motto "Forward" and of Col. Hans Christian Heg were dragged away from the statehouse. The statue of Heg, who ironically enough was an anti-slavery activist who fought and died for the Union during the U.S. Civil War, was decapitated and thrown into a Madison lake by protesters, NBC reported.
In recent weeks, numerous statues and monuments across the U.S. have become targets of protesters who deem them to be racist and a symbol of white supremacy.
U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to sign an executive order promising that vandals destroying statues will receive 10 years in prison if they are caught, Anewspost previously reported.
In a press conference Tuesday, Trump affirmed his position in earlier Tweets where he suggested prosecuting delinquents damaging statues.
“Last night we stopped an attack on a great monument of Andrew Jackson and Lafayette Park. We are looking at long term jail sentences for these vandals, hoodlums, anarchists and agitators. Some people don’t like that language, but that’s what they are: Bad people. They don’t love our country, and they’re not taking down our monuments,” Trump said.
“I will have an executive order very shortly. And all it’s really going to do is reinforce what’s already there, but in a more uniform way. If the state governments, as you see them, all over, Seattle. They’re very weak. And in Minnesota, they might need help. If they need help, the federal government is willing to help them,” he added.
Peaceful protests across the country have been marred by occasional violent clashes between police with several videos of police brutality going viral. As the New York Times reported, authorities have responded to the calls for protests with more excessive force against the protesters. Various videos uploaded online shocked the internet showing officers using batons, tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets against protesters and bystanders alike.
Police have been charged throughout the U.S. in various instances for attacking protesters or innocent civilians. For example, six police were charged after video showed them breaking into a car and tasing its two occupants as Anewspost reported.