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A Rhode Island police officer had his campaign for state senate suspended and was later arrested after a video emerged that apparently showed him punching his Democratic rival during a Roe v. Wade.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Rhode Island House of Representatives in Providence on Friday in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade in 1973 that legalized abortion in the US.


Video shared on Twitter shows the shocking moment Republican police officer Jeann Lugo, 35, allegedly punched Rhode Island Political Cooperative President Jennifer Rourke twice in the face on Friday night.

The pair were due to face off in the race for the 29th District of the state Senate.

Rourke, a Democrat, claims Lugo “violently attacked” her after she spoke at a Roe v. Wade in Providence. Lugo was off duty at the time of the alleged incident.

‘This is being a black woman running for office. I will not give up,’ she wrote.

Less than 24 hours after the incident, Lugo announced that she was suspending her campaign.

The department said the officer was placed on paid managed leave Saturday morning pending a criminal investigation and administrative review.

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

Pro-abortion activists have been tear-gassed in clashes at the Arizona Capitol building and dozens have been arrested in New York City and Los Angeles.

The Arizona Capitol building was besieged by pro-abortion protesters Friday night, forcing riot police to fire tear gas to disperse the angry crowd following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Lawmakers working to complete their 2022 session said they were effectively held hostage inside and eventually huddled to safety, as SWAT team officers worked to disperse the gathered crowds.

KPHO-TV reported that officers opened fire when several anti-abortion protesters began banging on the glass doors of the building.

Arizona is one of eight states where abortion clinics stopped performing procedures after the decision was announced Friday.

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey insists a bill he previously signed, banning abortions after 15 weeks, still stands. But Ducey’s claim can only be settled in state court, and some hardline Republicans are already suggesting that the original ban on all firings should stand.

The incident sent Senate lawmakers into the building’s basement for about 20 minutes, said Democratic Sen. Martin Quezada. Sharp tear gas wafted through the Capitol afterward, forcing the Senate to move its proceedings to a courtroom instead of the Senate chamber.

Authorities said there were no injuries and no arrests.

The Black Lives Matter RI Political Action Committee publicly called for Lugo’s resignation.

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Before deleting his Twitter page, he tweeted, “I will not be running for office this fall.”

Lugo had told the Washington Post: ‘I stepped in to protect someone who was attacking a group of agitators. At this time, an internal investigation is pending, and as the facts of the incident come to light, I request that my family and I have privacy.

He said: “As an officer sworn to protect and serve our communities, I unfortunately found myself in a situation where no individual should be seen.”

Lugo was arrested by the Rhode Island State Police and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

He had been trying to unseat Democrat Mike McCaffrey, the majority leader of the Rhode Island Senate. In one of his closing campaign statements, Lugo said last Monday: “Instead of promoting strong solutions to make our state more competitive by reducing unnecessary and burdensome regulations, Democrats are finding creative ways to capitulate to special interests that ultimately end up hurting Rhode Islanders.”

In separate comments, Lugo told the Providence Journal that he “wasn’t going to deny” what is seen in the video but “it all happened so fast.”

In a call with The Associated Press, Rourke said the incident occurred as he was trying to escort a counter-protester who had agreed to leave. As he led the man out of the facility, he said, another physical altercation broke out, at which point Lugo punched her in the face multiple times.

Rourke said that he had never interacted with Lugo before and that he did not know he would be at the protest.

“I am disappointed that he has chosen to use violence in this way. As a police officer, he is trained in de-escalation. He didn’t do what he was trained to do,” he said.

The Democrat confirmed that she had filed charges against Lugo.

In the police report on the incident, Rourke was left with pain in his left ear and a headache. Rourke said he never met Lugo before or had any interaction with him. The suspect fled the scene after the attack. Rourke did not require medical attention and took Tylenol for the pain.

Rourke received a CT scan on Saturday afternoon. He said that he was fine, but that he was experiencing a lot of tenderness in his face and ringing in his ears.

Two others were arrested at the same rally for unrelated incidents.

Rhode Island Mayor Jorge Elorza tweeted: “I have seen the video and it is immensely disturbing. Those responsible will be fully responsible.

According to his Facebook page, he studied at the Community College of Rhode Island. He is married and has a daughter. Before becoming a police officer, Lugo worked for a security company in Boston.

Lugo told WPRI in an April 2022 interview that he was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Rhode Island at the age of five. He was raised by social services from the age of 13.

His bio on his now-deleted website reads: ‘In the summer of 2000, a domestic incident resulted in the separation of his family from him by the Providence Police/Social Services Department. At age 13, Jeann was taken into DCYF custody. Jeann remained in a foster home until she reached adulthood.

Lugo said in an interview with Cranston Online that one of the reasons he was inspired to run for office was in response to being on duty during a Black Lives Matter protest in the summer of 2020. In that same interview, Lugo said : ‘Everything I’ve been through, I’m basically falling behind.’

In May 2022, the Providence Journal cited Lugo for opposing what he called “taxpayer-funded abortions.”

Lugo expressed his opposition to Critical Race Theory in a March 2022 interview saying, ‘My view of Critical Race Theory is that it paints a picture of Caucasians, whites as something negative. I don’t like the idea that a race or someone is seen as bad or good. I think we fought against this, specifically against Martin Luther King. He made it very clear: everyone [should] be treated equally. He wants to be judged on character, not skin color. And I wholeheartedly believe [in] that.’

Jeann Lugo Quick and Facts

Jeann Lugo, 35, was arrested Saturday after receiving paid leave and suspending his campaign for state Senate after video leaked of him apparently attacking his Democratic rival at a Roe v Wade rally.
Jennifer Rourke said she had never interacted with the suspect before and claims Lugo “violently attacked” her.
Lugo has not denied the accusations, saying instead that “it was very chaotic” and he cannot confirm what happened.
During his campaign, Lugo was quoted as stating his opposition to what he called ‘taxpayer-funded abortions.’
The alleged attack came amid a day of chaos-filled protests in the US.
Pro-choice activists were tear-gassed in clashes in Arizona and dozens are arrested in New York and Los Angeles
The protests erupted after SCOTUS overturned the Roe decision, which guaranteed the right to abortion throughout the country.

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