During the violent “Summer of Love” in 2020, an elderly woman from Wisconsin was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct after spitting at a Black Lives Matter protester.
Stephanie Rapkin, a 67-year-old white lawyer, faced charges of “disorderly conduct as a hate crime” only because the protester she spat at, Eric Lucas, was black.
The judge removed the “hate crime” charge prior to the guilty verdict being reached.
This incident took place in a Milwaukee suburb during an “anti-racism” march in a Milwaukee suburb over the death of George Floyd.
The far-left AP reports:
In June of 2020, Rapkin showed up at the protest in Shorewood and parked her car in the street, blocking the anti-racism march that was one of the thousands held around the U.S. in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer.
When protesters approached her to urge her to move her car, video shows Rapkin spitting on Eric Lucas, then a 17-year-old junior at Shorewood High School. Lucas had helped organize and lead the march.
Rapkin claims that she spat near Lucas, not on him.
According to a police officer, the convicted woman mentioned being a cancer survivor and expressed frustration with the protesters for not wearing masks and surrounding her for no reason.
Rapkin is set to face another felony charge for allegedly kneeing the arresting officer in the groin when he went to her residence the day after the spitting incident. This trial has been scheduled for August.
Following the current verdict, Rapkin may receive a sentence of up to 90 days in jail, along with a fine of up to $1,000. Her sentencing has been scheduled for May 23rd.
According to defense attorney Anthony Cotton, Rapkin expresses remorse for her actions and feels that the incident has destroyed her professional career.
“She definitely has regret over what happened,” Cotton said.
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