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Shorewood woman accused of spitting on protester arrested for second time Sunday on new charges

Incident happened as protests went on in area
Posted at 5:32 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 16:47:56-04

SHOREWOOD, Wis. -- A 64-year-old Shorewood woman who was arrested Saturday night for allegedly spitting on a protester was arrested again Sunday, according to the Shorewood Police Department.

Police say at about 9 p.m. Saturday they received a report that a woman spat on the minor victim during an argument that took place about 5 p.m. on the sidewalk of Oakland Avenue, just north of Capitol Drive. 64-year-old Stephanie Rapkin was arrested on charges of Battery and Disorderly Conduct, according to the Shorewood Police Department. Police haven't said how old the victim is.

The incident happened as large crowds of protesters were in the area to peacefully demonstrate against the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The woman was taken into custody several hours after the incident, just after 10 p.m. at a residence in Shorewood.

Then, on Sunday, the Shorweood Police Department received a call for a battery that took place near Ardmore and Olive.

The suspect in this incident was also identified as Rapkin.

Police say the victim reported that he was peacefully protesting on the sidewalk in front of Rapkin's house when she came outside, argued with the protesters, and at one point slapped her hands on the victim's chest and pushed him back.

While officers were advising Rapkin she was under arrest, police say she became physically resistant while being placed into handcuffs.

During the struggle she also struck one of the officers by kneeing him in the groin.

Officers were able to arrest the suspect and transport her to the Milwaukee County Jail.

Both Rapkin and the victim are from the Village of Shorewood, according to police. Rapkin has declined to comment on the matter.

The Shorewood Police Department will be seeking charges of Battery, Disorderly Conduct, Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting/Obstructing an Officer.

At a news conference Monday morning, Shorewood High School student and protester Eric Lucas identified himself as the victim in the incident, while calling on the community and the country to change.

"I am a young, black man with hopes to be loved by a world and county that wronged him before he was born," Lucas said. "We thank our community for the outpouring of support and love."

Shorewood student, protester Eric Lucas speaks after 64-year-old woman was arrested for spitting on him

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