Two women arrested in beating of Wisconsin state senator at protest
Two women were charged Wednesday after they allegedly attacked a Wisconsin state senator last month during a protest outside of the Wisconsin state Capitol.
Kerida O’Reilly, 33, and Samantha Hamer, 26, were arrested on charges of substantial battery and robbery with use of force.
Wisconsin state Sen. Tim Carpenter (D) said on June 24 that he was heading to the Capitol in Madison, Wisc., to work late when he tried to take a photo and video of protesters demonstrating outside of the building.
“Punched/kicked in the head, neck, ribs. Maybe concussion, socked in left eye is little blurry, sore neck & ribs,” he tweeted after the incident.
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
Police posted surveillance images on Monday seeking help from the community to identify the women. They turned themselves in later that day, according to police.
They are being held in a Dane County jail, according to inmate records.
Hamer was put on administrative leave from her job as a social worker in the Mount Horeb School District, after she turned herself in, according the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
O’Reilly’s attorney, Nathan Otis, said in a statement to The Associated Press that a lack of evidence will become clear amid the ongoing case.
The battery charges could be punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and 3.5 years in prison, according to the wire service.
The June protests where Hamer and O’Reilly were allegedly present came during nationwide demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died earlier this year after a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for a sustained period during an arrest.