15-year-old pepper sprayed, sexually assaulted at Trump rally: Janesville police

Staff Report

At least two women were pepper sprayed by non-law enforcement officials and one was sexually assaulted outside yesterday’s rally for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, according to the Janesville Police Department.

One of those women, a 15-year-old in a crowd of hundreds, was on the receiving end of indirect spray from someone in the crowd before being sexually assaulted by another man standing nearby.

From the Janesville police:

A 15 year 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 groped the 15 year girl, when she pushed him away; another person in the crown sprayed her. We are currently looking for two suspects, one for the sexual assault and one for the pepper spray. [sic]

The aftermath of the alleged sexual assault was captured on video, showing the girl being pepper sprayed a second time by someone in the crowd.

Trump supporters were seen laughing at the assault, some shouting at the 15-year-old that she was a “bitch” and a “nigger-loving commie.”

One attendee near the scene, who asked not to be named, told The Times last night that people continued to push and shove the girl as she was led away by friends.

“It was chaos. It was disgusting,” they said. “These people were acting like animals. It’s like they had no regard for anyone.”

Trump yesterday shrugged off accusations his campaign had created an abusive culture around his rallies.

His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged yesterday in Florida for battery stemming from a March 8 incident in which he grabbed a reporter attempting to ask Trump a question, leaving bruises on the journalist’s arm.

“How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?” Trump asked reporters in Wisconsin Tuesday.

The Janesville police are still seeking information about yesterday’s incidents; call 608-755-3100.

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