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Green-Haired Protestor, Social Worker Charged In Beating of State Senator

Kerida O’Reilly, left, and Samantha Hamer are shown in booking photos provided by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors charged both women with felony battery in connection with an attack on Wisconsin state Sen. Tim Carpenter, during a protest against police racism outside the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, on June 23. The senator sustained injuries to his head, neck and ribs and required surgery. (Dane County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Women charged in beating of state senator | 

Jul 29, 2020 |

Madison, Wis. (AP) – Prosecutors on Wednesday charged two women, including a high school social worker, with attacking a Wisconsin state senator during a chaotic night of violence outside the state Capitol last month.

Kerida O’Reilly, 33, and Samantha Hamer, 26, were each charged with one count of being a party to substantial battery, a felony punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and three-and-a-half years in prison, online court records show.

Both women were arrested Monday after they turned themselves in to police. Both appeared in Dane County court Wednesday and were released on signature bonds.

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Defense attorneys asked for the charges to be dismissed because of insufficient evidence, but a court commissioner denied the request. Both women are banned from the Capitol Square and are due back in court Aug. 6, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

O’Reilly’s attorney, Nathan Otis, said in an email to The Associated Press that it will become clear that she didn’t commit any crime, and that the lack of evidence will become clear as the case progresses.

In a separate email to the AP, Hamer’s attorney, Adam Welch, said his client is “absolutely not guilty” and that prosecutors’ case against her “is shockingly thin.”

Protestor believed to be Kerida O’Reilly attacking State Senator Tim Carpenter for exercising his right to record video in a public place.

Investigators believe the women attacked Democrat Tim Carpenter during June 23 protest outside the state Capitol, one of a series of protests in downtown Madison that took place after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Hamer did approach Carpenter to ask him to stop filming, but other people “sucker punched” and assaulted him, Welch said.

The protest that night was sparked by the arrest of a Black man who shouted at downtown restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. Protesters also toppled two statues outside the Capitol and threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building.

Paramedics treated Carpenter, but he decided against going to the hospital. [Carpenter later said eight to 10 people punched and kicked him in the head, neck and ribs, and that he had “successful surgery” Tuesday morning to treat his injuries. Source: Fox6]

O’Reilly is a physical therapist and Hamer is a social worker with the Mount Horeb School District.

She was listed on the district’s website as a resource for high school students and their families who need help dealing with emotional distress and other issues. The district placed Hamer on leave on Monday.

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