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Stephanie Rapkin Spit On Teenager, Kneed Officer In Groin, Not To Be Named Miss Congeniality

June 13, 2020

The horrible side of the human species continues.  I enter into evidence Stephanie Rapkin. 

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A white lawyer in Shorewood, Wis., has been charged with a hate crime after a now-viral video showed her spitting on a black student at a protest against racism and police brutality last weekend, The Associated Press reports.

Stephanie Rapkin, 64, was taken into police custody last weekend and officially charged by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office with disorderly conduct as a hate crime and battery to a police officer.

The incident captured on video took place after Rapkin was asked by protesters to move her car, which was parked in the street where protesters planned to march. She is seen in the video spitting on 17-year-old Eric Lucas, a junior at Shorewood High who helped to organize and lead the demonstration.

According to the AP, Rapkin said in a criminal complaint that she felt threatened over fears of coronavirus because she is a cancer survivor and protesters were not wearing masks. Video shows that Rapkin, however, was not wearing a mask herself.   

Lucas told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday that he is still “mentally and physically shaken” after the ordeal. 

“To be assaulted by an adult in my own community during a pandemic was traumatic,” he continued. “Again and again, I am viewed not as a child but as a color.”

Rapkin was involved in a second incident later in the week, when she was confronted about the viral video of her spitting on a teenager. According to the criminal complaint against Rapkin, she resisted arrest and kneed an officer in the groin last weekend when approached over the viral video.

In the video, Rapkin insists she did not spit on a teenager, but says, “I spit on a man who attacked me.”

Those filming the incident point out that the initial video does not show her ever being touched by Lucas or any of the protesters. 

The incident has led to calls for the lawyer to be disbarred in the state. 

There is nothing viler than being spat upon.  To hear that a police officer was kneed in the groin….Good Lord!  What happens in a person’s life that turns them so mean and offensive?  Perhaps a hot oil treatment earlier that day would have turned her mood brighter.  Who knows.

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