Women charged in beating of Wisconsin state senator

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two Madison women accused of beating a Wisconsin state senator during a protest over police racism with battery.

Online court records show charges were filed Wednesday against 33-year-old Kerida O’Reilly and 26-year-old Samantha Hamer. The women were arrested Monday afternoon after they turned themselves in.

Each is charged with one felony count of being a party to substantial battery.

Investigators believe the women attacked Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter during a protest outside the state Capitol on June 23. During the same night, protesters toppled two statues outside the state Capitol and threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building. 

Both were scheduled to make initial appearances in Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon. Online court records didn’t list attorneys for either of them. 

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