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Teen Trump Protester Pepper-Sprayed at Rally After Alleged Groping

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016 09:39 AM

Police in Wisconsin are searching for two men accused of groping and pepper-spraying a 15-year-old female Donald Trump protestor at the GOP front-runner's rally in Janesville on Tuesday after video of the incident went viral.

In the video clips, the girl can be seen shouting at an older man in the crowd, accusing him of touching her chest. He denies touching her. She strikes him, and a second man then immediately pepper-sprays her, according to USA Today.

Accounts of the incident vary online, with some portraying the event as an elderly man being punched by an unhinged protester and others framing it as a teen being pepper-sprayed for fighting off a sexual assault.

The Janesville Police Department released a statement on the incident: “A 15 year [sic] girl from Janesville was peppered sprayed in the crowd by a non-law enforcement person. A 19-year-old woman from Madison received 2nd hand spray as well. Both individuals received medical attention at local hospitals. A male in the crown [sic] groped the 15 year girl, when she pushed him away; another person in the crown [sic] sprayed her. We are currently looking for two suspects, one for the sexual assault and one for the pepper spray.”

Videos posted on YouTube show the incident from two different angles.

Wisconsin State Journal reporter Molly Beck posted photos of the incident on Twitter.



On Monday, six protesters who refused to leave the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer, and trespass, USA Today reported.

The Washington Post noted that pepper spray has been used at Trump rallies before, including at a March 13 appearance in Kansas City, Missouri, where police officers used it once to break up a fight and again on protester marching down a closed-off street. Police also used pepper spray on protesters in Manhattan on March 20.

Twitter users continued the debate.








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Police in Wisconsin are searching for two men accused of groping and pepper-spraying a 15-year-old female Donald Trump protestor at the GOP front-runner's rally in Janesville on Tuesday after video of the incident went viral.
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