It’s common to hear many on the right refer to union members who dare to exercise their Constitutionally-protected first amendment rights to free speech and assembly as “union thugs” and “goons,” as if the right would never dare resort
On Saturday, March 19, two individuals were gathering signatures in support of the recall effort against Republican State Senator Alberta Darling when one individual found himself the victim of an assault. According to the account that’s been relayed to me, the two individuals were gathering signatures in Sen. Darling’s district when one of the men was approached and sucker-punched by an individual who then fled in his vehicle. Police were called and a report was filed, but it’s not clear at this time if officers were able to identify the attacker.
And in a related story, River Falls police were asked to track down and find a suspect who had made off with a batch of Sen. Sheila Harsdorf recall petition signatures late Sunday afternoon. The suspect pretended he wanted to sign the petition before grabbing the petitions and driving away:
With a vehicular and suspect description, an officer traced the man to his home near the River Falls Area Hospital.
The man seemed indignant that a police officer was at his door and denied being near EconoFoods. Then he said he couldn’t be accused of stealing the petition signatures because he returned them.
When informed of his arrest, he allegedly resisted being handcuffed and began yelling about police brutality. His wife, also home, told her husband to calm down.
The man was later released from police custody after receiving a $177 disorderly conduct fine.