25.09.2020

ALEX FROM MONTREAL PERSONAL BLOG

This blog belongs to a fully trilingual person and translator/interpreter Alexandre (Alex) Nikolaev.

The spitting image

A 64-year-old lawyer from suburban Milwaukee was arrested twice over the weekend after she was initially caught on camera on Saturday spitting in the face of a 17-year-old black boy during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Videos circulating on social media show Stephanie Rapkin parking her car in the middle of the street and blocking a protest by hundreds of locals in Shorewood, Wisconsin, on Saturday afternoon.

According to authorities, a Black Lives Matter march was heading south on North Oakland Avenue when Rapkin left her car in the middle of the intersection of East Jarvis Street and North Oakland Avenue so as to obstruct the procession.

Rapkin is then seen walking on the sidewalk and confronting a large group of protesters, most of whom appeared to be in their teens and 20s.

Stephanie Rapkin, a 64-year-old probate lawyer from suburban Milwaukee, is seen left spitting on Eric Patrick Lucas III (white t-shirt), in Shorewood, Milwaukee, during a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday

Several vehicles are seen backed up on the road as they are apparently unable to continue driving because Rapkin’s car is blocking them.

Protesters can be heard on the street demanding that she move her car.

Meanwhile, Rapkin ignores these calls and is seen walking on the sidewalk.

One protester takes out her cell phone and follows Rapkin.

‘She won’t move her car!’ the protester says as she walks behind Rapkin.

Rapkin was arrested on Saturday, but she wasn't booked into jail due to coronavirus restrictions on the number of inmates allowed in cells

Rapkin was arrested on Saturday, but she wasn’t booked into jail due to coronavirus restrictions on the number of inmates allowed in cells

The protester then repeats: ‘She won’t move her car, so we can’t go.’

At one point, Rapkin turns toward the protester and yells back: ‘She won’t keep me safe. You won’t keep me safe. Move away from me. Move away from me.’

The video then shows protesters confront Rapkin.

‘Get away from me,’ the lawyer is seen yelling at one woman who pleaded with her to return to her vehicle and allow the procession march to continue.

Moments later, a large group of protesters, most of whom are young African Americans chanting ‘I’m black, I’m proud,’ moves toward her.

One of the young protesters, Eric Patrick Lucas III, is seen yelling in her direction, though it is unclear what he said.

Rapkin then spits on the boy. Other protesters intervene and restrain him while crowding around her, urging her to return to her vehicle.Eric Patrick Lucas III, the 17-year-old boy who was spit on by Rapkin, said he was 'mentally and physically shaken' by the incident

Eric Patrick Lucas III, the 17-year-old boy who was spit on by Rapkin, said he was ‘mentally and physically shaken’ by the incident

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