JANESVILLE, Wis. — A 15-year-old girl protesting outside of a Donald Trump rally in Wisconsin on Tuesday was pepper sprayed and groped by people in the crowd.
The incident was captured on cell phone video.
A news release from the Janesville Police Department described the incident, which also left a 19-year-old woman struck by “second-hand spray.” Both the 15-year-old and 19-year-old received medical treatment at hospitals, police said in the news release.
Police told USA Today that the girl was pepper sprayed by a non-law enforcement person in the crowd outside of a Holiday Inn Express.
In video posted on social media of the tense scene, the young woman appears to be arguing with someone and appears to shove or punch at the person before the pepper spray was deployed. She appeared to be holding a sign that accuses Trump of supporting white supremacy, and is standing next to another young woman holding Black Lives Matter sign. Others in the crowd could be heard chanting, “All lives matter.”
“A male in the crowd groped the 15-year-girl; when she pushed him away, another person in the (crowd) sprayed her,” the police department said in a statement. “We are currently looking for two suspects, one for the sexual assault and one for the pepper spray.”
Six protesters were arrested a day earlier at the hotel, after a group of about 60 occupied the lobby.
The six had used PVC pipe to link their arms and had to be separated by police.