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Jeann Lugo allegedly assaults State Senate hopeful Jennifer Rourke

Written by Javed Iqbal

An Rhode Island officer running for state senate was arrested after allegedly attacking his female opponent at an abortion meeting on Friday.

Jeann Lugo, who ran as a Republican, was alleged to have slapped his Democratic rival Jennifer Rourke at least twice in the face, Rourke said. Providence Journal.

Video of the incident, shared by Rourke, appears to show Senate hope stepping into a physical altercation at the protest before she is hit in the head.

“I’m an organizer of reproductive rights and a candidate for the state Senate. Last night, after speaking at our Roe meeting, my Republican opponent – a police officer – attacked me violently,” said Rourke, who is vying to represent the state senate. District 29, wrote in a tweet next to the clip.

The video does not show what happened between Lugo, 35, and Rourke, 40, before the altercation.

A Rourke campaign representative told CNBC that she went to the hospital for a CT scan.

Jennifer Rourke.
Jennifer Rourke shared video of the altercation on Twitter.
Instagram / @jenniferrourkeri

Lugo was arrested Saturday for a simple assault and disorder. It was reported by NBC News, with reference to the State Police. He was arraigned and released on parole after giving himself up.

He did not deny the attack in a statement to CNBC.

“As an officer who swore to protect and serve our community, I unfortunately saw myself in a situation that no individual should see themselves in,” he said.

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“I stepped in to protect someone who was attacked by a group of agitators,” Jennifer Rourke said.
Twitter / @ JenRourke29
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Republican Jeann Lugo is said to have slapped Democratic rival Jennifer Rourke at least twice in the face.
Twitter / @ JenRourke29

“I stepped in to protect someone who was attacked by a group of agitators. At the moment, there is a pending internal investigation, and when the facts of the incident come to light, I request that my family and I have privacy. “

Providence Police Department earlier it announced Saturday on Twitter it initiated a criminal investigation into the incident and put Lugo on paid administrative leave “awaiting a criminal investigation and administrative review.”

Rourke is seeking the Democratic nomination in the September primary to run for the Rhode Island Senate. Lugo competed for the Republican nomination for the same seat.

Early Saturday afternoon, Lugo announced that he was finishing his bid.

“I will not run for office this fall,” he said on Twitter before allegedly deactivating his account.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza called footage of the attack “extremely disturbing.”

Jennifer Rourke.
Jennifer Rourke is seeking the Democratic nomination in the September primary to run for the Rhode Island State Senate.
Instagram / @jenniferrourkeri

“Those responsible will be held fully accountable,” he added a Twitter post.

The altercation took place during a protest outside Rhode Island State House in Providence caused by The United States Supreme Court overthrows Roe v. Wade – a decision that ended nearly 50 years of federal protection of the procedure in the United States.

The decision was made Friday morning – more than eight weeks after a draft opinion was leaked and published by Politico.

In response to the decision, protesters took to the streets Friday and Saturday across the country.

With Post wires

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