The young teenager, who was supporting #BlackLivesMatter, claimed one Trump supporter had sexually assaulted her. In the midst of the confrontation, she lashes out and lands a blow to the man’s face. Watch the encounter and judge for yourself; did she deserve to be pepper-sprayed?
A 15-year-old girl claims she was sexually assaulted by one of Donald Trump’s supporters and was then pepper sprayed in the face at a rally in Wisconsin.
The event in Janesville was attended by thousands of pro-Trump supporters Tuesday – but things got heated during an altercation between a man and a teenage girl, who was protesting.
Shocking video footage shows the teen – identified only as Alex – getting blasted by pepper spray that is held just inches from her face.
The young girl also claims that just prior to being sprayed she was groped by a man in the crowd and police confirmed they had received a complaint.
In a statement, the Janesville police department said: ‘A 15 year-old girl from Janesville was peppered sprayed in the crowd by a non-law enforcement person.
‘A male in the groped the 15 year girl, when she pushed him away; another person in the crowd sprayed her.
‘We are currently looking for two suspects, one for the sexual assault and one for the pepper spray.’
A video shows the young girl – who has short blonde hair and glasses – shouting something at a man who is out of shot, after which she appears to reach out and try to push him.
But within seconds a hand is seen reaching into frame and she is pepper sprayed. The girl’s face gets covered in the orange spray and she staggers away, wiping her face as she goes.
The fifteen-year-old was there to protest Trump and began arguing with a man who supported the Republican candidate.
Janesville Police Chief David Moore told Wisconsin State Journal the girl was sprayed by a man standing with 19-year-old woman from Madison, who also was struck by the spray.
Both received medical attention at local hospitals, say police.
The girl claimed that the man who she appears to take a swing at had groped her.
In a video filmed after the incident, one of the men police want to speak to said the teenage girl had been shouting ‘black lives matter’, while a lot of people around her were shouting ‘white lives matter’, and she apparently got upset
He said: ‘She challenged me, saying ‘why are you at a Trump rally if you are a grown man’ and I replied that that was exactly why I was at a Trump rally – because I am a grown man and I want to make this country great again.’
He added that the supporters had been ‘warned not to make contact with protesters’.