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State Senator ready to move forward after being attacked at Madison protest

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MADISON (WKOW) Better, but not 100 percent. That’s how State Senator Tim Carpenter feels after he said he suffered a concussion and broken nose after protesters kicked and punched him to the ground weeks ago near the capitol.

“I've never been beaten up before and I’ve never hit anyone in my life,” Sen. Carpenter tells 27 News.

The Milwaukee Democrat said he was on his way to the state capitol to wrap up some work at his office, unaware of the unrest going on. When he arrived, he noticed the Forward statue toppled and large crowds in the street. It was then he decided to take some pictures but little did he know that would upset demonstrators.

“I ended up asking a picture and I had no idea whatsoever about no pictures I thought it was very unusual,” he said.

Now looking back he’s concerned about people’s views on first amendment rights as the Senator was within his rights to take photos on public property.

"We can't take pictures and if we do we’re going to beat you. I mean it just doesn't work like that and there are laws to protect everyone," Carpenter said.

Sen. Carpenter is hoping others will learn from his experience and believes there should be more conversations between community members and the police. 

"Right now there's a breakdown of communication with a lot of people in our society," Carpenter said.

He’s now looking ahead, ready to put this behind him. 

“I don’t have a bad taste in my mouth and I’m not upset or angry. You can't go back and change things you can only do things and move forward," Carpenter said.

The Madison Police Department is now searching for two "persons of interest" in the June 24 attack.

Madison police are seeking to identify these persons of interest in connection with an attack on state Sen. Tim Carpenter.

Anyone who recognizes the people in the photo is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or by computer at P3tips.com.

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Emilee Fannon

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