Women charged in beating of Wisconsin state senator

Updated: 2:13 p.m. on July 29, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two Madison women accused of beating a Wisconsin state senator during a protest over police racism with battery.

Online court records show charges were filed Wednesday against 33-year-old Kerida O'Reilly and 26-year-old Samantha Hamer.

Each is charged with one felony count of being a party to substantial battery.

Investigators believe the women attacked Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter during a protest outside the state Capitol on June 23.

Both were scheduled to make initial appearances in Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Online court records didn't list attorneys for either of them. 


Posted: 9:23 a.m. on July 28, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two women have been arrested for attacking a Wisconsin state senator during a chaotic night of violence near the state Capitol last month.

Madison police say the 26- and 33-year-old women turned themselves in Monday and were taken to the Dane County Jail.

Democratic Sen. Tim Carpenter was beaten after taking cell phone video of protesters the night of June 23.

Violence broke out as a group of 200 to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man who shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat.

Protesters toppled two statues outside the state Capitol and threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building.

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