GRAND CHUTE — Police are recommending that a protester who allegedly spit on a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at an event in Grand Chute last week be charged.
The spitting incident touched off a brief scuffle on Friday at a "Women for Mitt" campaign event at Hanson Benefits.
Grand Chute police say Mary Hoglund, 83, interrupted State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) while she was speaking. A Romney supporter confronted Hoglund. Video shows Hoglund spitting in the supporter's face. The supporter then grabbed at Hoglund and hit her on the head before audience members separated the two women.
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Hoglund was taken away in an ambulance, with scratch marks visible on her neck.
Investigators are not asking for charges against the other woman involved in the scuffle.
Police are asking for charges of disorderly conduct against Hoglund. If the district attorney's office does not file charges, police say Hoglund will be given a ticket and a $277 fine.
Our call to the Outagamie County District Attorney's Office was not immediately returned.
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KarenFingersNicholson | August 21 2012 8:33pm
Hoglund had a scratch on her neck. The ambulance ride was dramatics and a stunt. Spitting on someone is considered assault. By the law, it gives the other woman the right to defend herself.
LauraRoland | August 21 2012 3:56pm
This is insane! The Romney supporter put Hoglund in an ambulance with physical evidence. Both should be charged, not just Hoglund. What does this say about our justice and court system? Nothing positive!
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