Tim Carpenter, a Wisconsin state senator, said he got “beat up” by protesters near the State Capitol in Madison on June 23 during demonstrations that saw the toppling of two statues.
Carpenter said on Twitter that he was filming the protesters when he was attacked by what he said was eight to 10 people. He said he was punched and kicked in the “head, neck, ribs” and that he thought he might have gotten concussed. Vision in his left eye was blurry, he said, after getting “socked”.
Carpenter appealed for an end to the violence, saying “innocent people are going to get killed.”
Carpenter posted video he shot of two people approaching him in reply to a reporter’s photo described as showing him on the ground after he collapsed.
“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 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Carpenter, in a statement to the Washington Post, said: “Sad thing I’m on their side for peaceful demonstrations — am a Gay Progressive Dem Senator served 36 years in the legislature.”
The demonstration turned violent following an arrest on Tuesday, with windows smashed and two statues torn down. The statues, local reports said, were of Col Hans Christian Heg, an anti-slavery activist who died fighting for the Union in US Civil War, and the well-known “Forward” statue, intended to symbolize progress. Credit: Tim Carpenter via Storyful