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Louisville protester files charges against attacker at Trump rally

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –- Punched so hard in the stomach he wanted to throw up, one man at the Trump rally on Tuesday says he pressed charges against his attacker.

Henry Brouseau, the white man who was attacked, said he was there fighting for equality for people of every color, and that Trump's rally was the scariest moment of his life.

“It was very scary. It was also very saddening,” Brouseau said.

Sad because he and his friends who were protesting hate and racism were assaulted, verbally harassed and their property was stolen. It all started when they rolled out banners and held them high above their heads.

“We were like in a tug-of-war for my banner for a few seconds, and she had someone on the other side of the banner behind her," Brouseau said. "So she let go and just reared up and hit me in the stomach."

Brouseau, who was there with the group, Louisville Showing up for Racial Justice, or LSURJ, said he immediately got sick to his stomach. But for the black organizers with him, he said they were treated ten times worse.

“It's sending out a message that it's OK to treat people of color any kind of way,” said Barbara Boyd with the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

One Trump supporter who wishes to remain anonymous said the young woman who has received national attention for the way she was treated actually caused his 14-year-old son to fall to the ground.

“She was actually pushing her way forward, and when she came up, she actually had both hands around my son's back … and they both fell down to the ground,” the Trump supporter said.

He believes the violence has been blown out of proportion. However, for those who experienced it first hand, the one thing they said that is worse than the attacks is white complacency.

“None of the people standing around us spoke up,” Brouseau said.

“It's time that we as white people break our silence that, that this silence causes us violence,” said Rebecca Frederick with LSURJ.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's office released a statement Wednesday after receiving many questions from the public. It says if police investigations lead to felony charges against any individual, they will be brought to a grand jury.

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