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Investigators recommended Thursday that a 15-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed after punching a Trump supporter be charged with disorderly conduct after finding no basis for her claim that she’d been sexually groped.
Video of the incident obtained by the Janesville Police Department shows the girl holding an anti-Trump sign arguing with a man. The man turned with his hands in the air before the girl punched him in the face.
A second Trump supporter, wearing a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, pepper-sprayed the girl.
This is in direct contradiction to the claim made by the teen that she only threw the punch after being sexually assaulted.
The Associated Press reported:
The girl told police the first man groped her breast. But Chief David Moore told reporters during a news conference Thursday that additional video doesn’t show any evidence the man groped her and that 12 out of 13 witnesses said they didn’t see him do anything.
Moore said the man who was punched didn’t want to press assault charges against the girl, but investigators have recommended juvenile authorities charge her with disorderly conduct for what he called “an act of violence.” He said time passed between the alleged groping and the punching and the man and the girl were several feet apart when she threw the punch.
“Clearly her punch was illegal,” Moore told reporters.
He also indicated that he won’t pursue charges of filing a false police report. The girl still genuinely believes she felt pressure on her breast, something that could be attributed to the close quarters pushing and jostling.
Watch the clip of the fracas.
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