A 15-year-old protester repeatedly had her chest touched by a Donald Trump supporter during a campaign rally in Wisconsin on March 29. CBS News reports that when Alex Drake attempted to defend herself against further unwanted physical contact, she was pepper-sprayed by another Trump supporter. In the end, despite being the victim of sexual and physical assault, which she reported to the Janesville Police Department, her assailant was not charged.
According to police, the Donald Trump supporter, identified as Dan Crandall, told them that he never touched the girl. Check out the video below and decide for yourself.
The video above clearly shows the Trump supporter’s hand making contact with the 15-year-old girl’s breast multiple times, as her hands are raised above her head holding an anti-Trump sign. Ultimately, the girl punched the Trump supporter in self-defense. It was then, after having already endured the unwanted touching of her chest by one Donald Trump supporter, that she was pepper-sprayed by another.
“I didn’t touch her. She started to challenge why I was at the Trump rally since I was a grown man. I told her I was at the Trump rally because I was a grown man and I cared about my country.”
The pepper spray-wielding Trump supporter wasn’t charged in the incident, either.
Immediately following the incident, which took place at an event that had drawn 1,000 Donald Trump supporters inside the venue and another 1,000 people (both supporters and protesters of The Donald) who gathered outside, the 15-year-old girl contacted the authorities and admitted to punching Dan Crandall in response to what she called his “sexual assault.”
From that angle, it was unclear whether or not the Donald Trump supporter had put his hands on the 15-year-old, and police apparently decided to take the man at his word that he hadn’t touched her. However, the video above was released later, and it seems to clearly indicate that her version of events was more accurate.
As Counter Current News reports, the victimized Donald Trump supporter was recommended for disorderly conduct charges on March 31. The police chief, David Moore, told the media that he recommended these charges because he saw “no evidence” of the unwanted sexual contact at the hands of the Trump supporter.
Despite the video of the physical contact, police say they cleared the Trump supporter of the groping allegations. According to Counter Current News, the reason for the police department’s bizarre decision to charge the victim of a clear assault for defending herself could boil down to simple politics.
Janesville police have defended themselves against charges of bias, claiming that they used evidence in addition to the videos to determine what happened and who to charge in connection with the incident.
“Investigators were able to use video, witness accounts and interviews to determine that no sexual assault occurred and that the 15-year-old girl had thrown a punch and struck a 59-year-old male in the face.”
Police Chief Moore said that the Donald Trump supporter claimed that he didn’t touch the girl at all, but the 59-year-old did admit that he’d made some “animated hand gestures” when arguing with the 15-year-old child. According to Moore, when the child alleged that the Trump supporter had touched her, he stepped back and put his hands up. He didn’t mention, according to reports, that his hand gestures had resulted in repeated contact with the child’s breasts.
The girl, on the other hand, believed that she had been the victim of intentional touching around her breast area.
According to Chief Moore, the unwanted touching of the 15-year-old’s breasts was an unavoidable part of the experience of protesting at a Donald Trump rally.
“These are pretty close quarters. These are emotional times and the brushing up or pushing against someone is probably occurring all over in that crowd.”
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