Woman allegedly threw tampon at Trump backers

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Staff Writer
Published: 10/21/2020 11:40:37 AM

NORTHAMPTON — City police arrested a woman Sunday for allegedly throwing what appeared to be a bloody tampon into a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump as they rallied on Main Street.

Brooke A. Wallis, 23, of Northampton, pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. Wallis did not have a lawyer Monday and will retain her own private attorney, according to the court clerk’s office. Reached by phone Tuesday, Wallis declined to comment.

Northampton Police Officer Andrew Kohl wrote in a report that he along with other officers were assigned to monitor a “Pro-Trump/Back the Blue” rally on Main Street on Sunday. During this rally, a group of counterprotesters began forming across the street, Kohl wrote.

While observing the crowd, Kohl wrote that he and another officer were flagged down by several Trump supporters who told police that a counterprotester had thrown a bloody tampon at them, Kohl wrote.

Kohl wrote that he spoke with a Trump supporter who told police that they had seen a person throw the item in their direction. The Trump supporter, who was named by police as the victim of the assault and battery charge, “positively identified” the person who had thrown the tampon, Kohl wrote.

Kohl wrote that he saw the tampon — which he said appeared to be covered with blood — on the ground in the road about a foot away from the Trump supporters.

The woman was asked by Kohl to speak about the incident, at which point she allegedly denied being involved and started to back away.

As the woman allegedly tried to leave, Kohl wrote that he grabbed her arm. At this point, several counterprotesters latched on to the woman, Kohl wrote, who tried to pull her away from police.

Kohl wrote that he eventually let go and waited for backup. Officers soon after went back and arrested the woman, who Kohl wrote was later identified as Wallis.

Northampton Detective Lt. Craig Kirouac said that the tampon in question was not collected as evidence, but photos were taken of it. “The officers believed that a photograph was sufficient evidence at the time,” Kirouac said.

Wallis was released on personal recognizance and is expected back in court on Dec. 2.

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