Updated: Dec 25, 2020
Wisconsin state senator Tim Carpenter was walking to the capitol around midnight on June 24th to to do some work when he spotted the protest. The protest turned chaotic as many in the crowd tore down 2 statues on Capitol grounds. Carpenter took out his phone and attempted to take video when he was approached by a group of people that began punching him. He was knocked to the ground where he was repeatedly kicked in the head and later required surgery for his injuries.
"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 police. Police investigating the incident said, "as he took the picture, three people rushed toward him saying something about his phone and one knocked it out of his hand. He was then sucker punched, fell to the ground and was battered by several people."
A reporter that was on the scene nearby told police that roughly 10 people kicked and punched Carpenter as he tried to explain that he was an "ally" to the demonstrators. This was right after a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a government office.
On Monday, two women were arrested after being identified by people in their community as the persons of interest in the assault investigation. Samantha Hamer, 26, and Kerida O’Reilly, 33, both of Madison, surrendered to police. They are facing charges of substantial battery as a party to a crime and robbery with use of force as a party to a crime.
This whole incident makes you wonder if this Democrat is still for defunding the police and calling the protests "peaceful."