Republican State Senate Candidate From Rhode Island Is Suspended From His Job as a Police Officer After Reportedly ‘Punching’ Female Democrat Rival During Roe V. Wade Clash Outside Providence Capitol as Protests Rage Across America

A male cop running for Rhode Island Senate as a Republican has been accused of punching his Democrat female rival, a pro-choice advocate, during a Roe v. Wade protest.

Video shared on Twitter shows the shocking moment Republican cop Jeann Lugo allegedly struck Rhode Island Political Cooperative Chairwoman Jennifer Rourke in the face twice on Friday night.

Rourke, a Democrat, claims Lugo ‘violently attacked’ her after she spoke out at a Roe v. Wade rally in Providence. Lugo was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident.

‘This is what it is to be a Black woman running for office. I won’t give up,’ she wrote.

An off-duty officer’s behavior at the rally is under investigation, Providence police have confirmed. The department said the officer was placed on paid administrated Saturday morning pending a criminal investigation and administrative review.

Police did not disclose the name of the arrested officer but said the individual has served with the department for three years. Lugo joined the force in 2019, according to the department’s 69th training academy commencement booklet.

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Source: Daily Mail