Fury exploded outside the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday night as protesters smashed windows at the statehouse, attacked a state senator, and tore down two iconic statues — including one of an abolitionist who died trying to end slavery during the Civil War.
"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," Democrat state Senator Tim Carpenter told a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter following the assault.
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
I believe this is State Senator Tim Carpenter. Minutes earlier he told us the protesters assaulted him. Then he collapsed walking towards the Capitol. We called paramedics. An ambulance is here now. pic.twitter.com/uUSdKyQ1hp— Lance Veeser (@lanceveeser) June 24, 2020
Here are two of the people who attacked State Senator Tim Carpenter in Madison last night. Please share to help bring them to justice. pic.twitter.com/S9NsB2XT0b— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) June 24, 2020
He’s currently kneeling on the ground next to his car pic.twitter.com/jo1ZNwE3FN— Lawrence Andrea (@lawrencegandrea) June 24, 2020
Protesters just tore down the Forward statue on the steps of the Capitol in Madison.— Emily Hamer (@ehamer7) June 24, 2020
Here is a video of it that is not sideways: pic.twitter.com/DdQcZ5Pal5
“This has got to stop before someone gets killed,” said Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee). “Sad thing I’m on their side for peaceful demonstrations — am a Gay Progressive Dem Senator served 36 years in the legislature.”https://t.co/EXo7H9g0jW— Allyson Chiu (@_allysonchiu) June 24, 2020