You may remember the incident back in June in Wisconsin when protesters were tearing down statues and beat up a state senator in Madison, Wisconsin who made the mistake of trying to take pictures of the ‘protest.’
Among the statues that the group ripped down was Hans Christian Heg, an abolitionist, who died fighting for the Union during the Civil War.
But they also did other damage, including tossing a Molotov cocktail in a government office and attacking Democratic state Senator Tim Carpenter.
Carpenter described the attack to the local news as getting his “bell rung” and being “sucker punched.” You can see two women in masks rushing at him in the video.
After he was knocked to the ground, people continued to beat him and kick him.
Those two women who rushed him have now been arrested and charged with substantial battery as a party to a crime, according to police. Police are still looking for other people who were involved in the attack.
Samantha R. Hamer & Kerida E. O'Reilly have been arrested in relation to the beating of Tim Carpenter, a Democrat lawmaker from Milwaukee, who was repeatedly punched & kicked in the head after he took a photo of rioters. He required surgery for injuries. https://t.co/YqQQGTNNO1
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 29, 2020
Turns out the women both had training to help people, not to attack them.
Kerida O’Reilly, 33, is a licensed physical therapist. She was identified by a client. Samantha Hamer, 26, wait for it…is a school social worker. She was identified by co-workers at the school including her supervisor.
O’Reilly also identified Hamer and herself to police in photos she was shown.
Samantha Hamer’s profile on the Mount Horeb school website said (before it was taken down) that she helps “students and families who are struggling with social-emotional needs, behavioral issues, or environmental issues in the family, school and/or community.” She’s now been put on leave.
More than a little disturbing that such a person would be around and influencing children.
The Department of Safety and Professional Services, is now going to look into the licenses of both women and review the case.
So, I’m a little confused.
I thought social workers were going to replace a lot of the work of the police. What happens if the social worker is the one that you’re looking for in the crime? As my colleague Susie Moore said upon hearing this news, she thought social workers were supposed to help us need fewer police? This isn’t the first social worker who seems to have had issues as my colleague Jen Van Laar reported with a man who made threatening remarks to John Dennis, San Francisco GOP Chair who is running for Nancy Pelosi’s seat.