2 Wisconsin women attacked state senator in June during violent unrest


Authorities said two women were arrested on Monday for assaulting a Wisconsin state senator who recorded a video of a group of protesters during a chaotic night of demonstrations last month.

Madison police said 26-year-old Samantha R. Hammer and 33-year-old Carida E. O’Reilly changed himself. The pair were detained on suspicion of being in favor of substantial battery and robbery offenses with the use of force.

On June 23, Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter was walking down the street by a group of protesters when he pulled out his phone to record what’s going on.

The gathering erupted after the arrest of a black man who went to a restaurant with a baseball bat and started shouting at customers through a megaphone.

Outside, protesters downed two statues on the Capitol and threw Molotov cocktails at a government building.

While he was recording, Carpenter was punched and kicked by a group of about 10 people. After the beating, the stunned MLA staggered towards the Capitol and lay on the grass.

Samantha Rai Hummer Correct: Carida O’Riley. The two women turned themselves into police on suspicion of beating a state senator during a chaotic night of protest near the Capitol of Wisconsin in Madison. (Courtesy Dane County Sheriff’s Office)

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“I don’t know what happened,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “All I did was take a picture and next thing I’m hitting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head.”

Carpenter was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to a building by the Capitol Police. He later went to a hospital for treatment.

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