Sen. Tim Carpenter
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Tim Carpenter collapsed on the ground at a protest in Madison, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin State Senator Tim Carpenter has posted video of the moments before he was "punched and kicked in the head" at June 23 protests in Madison, Wisconsin. A local journalist said he called an ambulance when Carpenter collapsed shortly after.

The senator said he is currently locked in his office at the State Capitol in Madison after he was attacked by "8-10 people."

In the video the senator posted, several people run towards the cameraman and appear to knock the camera down before the footage cuts out.


The senator was punched in the face while filming protests at the scene near Capitol Square early in the morning of June 24, Isthmus journalist Dylan Brogan reported.

"@TimCarpenterMKE was just punched in the face by Madison protesters because he was filming. Several people attacked him," Brogan said on Twitter.


Carpenter said on Twitter he may have a concussion after being "punched and kicked in the head."

"This is the picture that got me assaulted and beat up by a mob. Punched & kicked in the head. Might have concussion, left eye a little blurry, cheek shollen, sore neck and ribs. This has to stop before some innocent person get killed. I locked up in the Capitol until it's safe."


Protests were unfolding on North Fairchild Street and Hamilton Street. NBC reporter George Balekji said "law enforcement in full riot gear" had turned up in Madison in a "standoff between protestors and police."


NBC later reported that protesters had pushed police back at the scene "after a tense 90 minutes."



Tweet Shows Carpenter Collapsed on the Ground


Sports Director at WKOW Lance Veeser said on Twitter he called emergency responders to attend to a collapsed Carpenter at the protests. He tweeted a picture with the caption, "I believe this is State Senator Tim Carpenter. Minutes earlier he told us the protesters assaulted him. Then he collapsed walking towards the Capitol. We called paramedics. An ambulance is here now."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Lawrence Andrea said protesters claimed Carpenter "provoked them" to the action. He said he spoke to the senator, who claimed he was "just taking a picture of the protesters" when he was attacked.



Journal Sentinel's Molly Beck says she spoke with Carpenter at the scene of the incident and quoted him as saying, "I don't know what happened ... all I did was stop and take a picture ... and the next thing I'm getting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head."


For more information related to the toppling of statues, attacking of cars passing by, and other general mayhem that evening in Madison, see original article.