Aspiring senator ‘punches’ female rival during Roe v Wade protest
Aspiring GOP state senator from Rhode Island is suspended from his job as cop after ‘PUNCHING’ female Democrat rival during Roe v. Wade clash outside Providence capitol: Protests rage across US
A male cop running for Rhode Island Senate as a Republican has been accused of punching his Democrat female rival, a pro-choice advocate, during a Roe v. Wade protest. Video shared on Twitter shows the shocking moment Republican cop Jeann Lugo allegedly struck Rhode Island Political Cooperative Chairwoman Jennifer Rourke in the face twice on Friday night. Rourke, a Democrat , claims Lugo ‘violently attacked’ her after she spoke out at a Roe v. Wade rally in Providence. Lugo was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident. ‘This is what it is to be a Black woman running for office. I won’t give up,’ she wrote.
An off-duty officer’s behavior at the rally is under investigation, Providence police have confirmed. The department said the officer was placed on paid administrated Saturday morning pending a criminal investigation and administrative review. Police did not disclose the name of the arrested officer but said the individual has served with the department for three years. Lugo joined the force in 2019, according to the department’s 69th training academy commencement booklet.
Hundreds of protesters assembled outside the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence Friday in wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. While much of the protest took place without incident, local news outlets allege conflict ensued after a group of counter-protesters entered the area. Rourke claimed her challenger in the state Senate District 29 race, which is Lugo, punched her in the face at least twice once chaos broke out. She reportedly filed a police report and is looking to press charges. The off-duty cop did not deny the assault allegation but did claim Rourke had become physical with him. She denied Lugo’s accusation.
‘I’m not going to deny,’ Lugo told The Providence Journal on Saturday. ‘It was very chaotic, so I can’t really tell you right now. Everything happened very fast… To me, this feels like an act of political violence similar to the acts of violence that we have seen across the U.S.,’ Rourke hit back. ‘I’m a black woman running for office. There was no need, no need for any of this. I’m not going to give up.’ Neither Rourke nor Lugo immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. The newspaper also reported at least two other arrests during Friday night’s rally, including a woman and a man who was tackled by a K-9 officer. It is unclear what the individuals were charged with.
The alleged assault against Rourke came amid a night of chaos-filled protests across the nation. Thousands of spirited demonstrators took to the streets Friday in cities nationwide to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The landmark 1973 decision was overturned Friday after SCOTUS, in a 6-3 ruling powered by its conservative majority, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The vote was 5-4 to overturn Roe, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts writing separately to say he would have upheld the Mississippi law without taking the additional step of erasing the Roe precedent altogether. The ruling restored the ability of states to ban abortion. Twenty-six states are either certain or considered likely to ban the procedure. Demonstrators are pictured outside the Supreme Court building in Washington DC on Friday.
The ruling, which many Democrats claim leaves American women with ‘fewer rights than their grandmothers,’ prompted outcry across the nation. Pro-choice activists were tear gassed in clashes at Arizona Capitol building and dozens were arrested in New York City and Los Angeles (pictured).
The Arizona Capitol building was besieged by pro-abortion protesters Friday night (pictured), forcing riot cops to fire tear gas to disperse the angry crowd in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned. Lawmakers working to complete their 2022 session said they were effectively held-hostage inside, and eventually huddled to a safe location, as SWAT team operatives worked to disperse the gathered crowds. KPHO-TV reported the officers opened fire when several anti-abortion protesters started banging on glass doors of the building.
Arizona is one of eight states where abortion clinics stopped performing procedures after the decision was released Friday. Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey insists a bill he previously passed, banning abortions after 15 weeks, still stands. But Ducey’s assertion can only be settled in the state’s courts – and some hardline Republicans are already suggesting the original ban on all terminations should remain in place. The incident sent Senate lawmakers into the basement of the building for about 20 minutes, said Democratic Sen. Martin Quezada. Stinging tear gas wafted through the Capitol afterward, forcing the Senate to move its proceedings to a hearing room instead of the Senate chamber. Authorities said there were no injuries or arrests.
In New York (pictured), at least 25 people were arrested on Friday after around 17,000 descended on Washington Square Park before marching through the streets to Grand Central Station, Times Square, and Bryant Park. Similar arrests were made in Los Angeles, where police reported protesters throwing bottles of water and rocks at officers during demonstrations. ABC7 reported that there were protesters throwing what appeared to be fireworks at police. They also spotted a man briefly being dragged away from the demonstrations.
At one point, authorities declared an unlawful assembly just after 9 p.m., meaning protesters were forced to leave or be put under arrest, with officers not allowing reporters to witness what happened, according to the LA Times. Earlier in the afternoon, a crowd had marched onto the northbound 110 Freeway and temporarily shut down traffic.