A 54-year-old Stoughton man was cited for disorderly conduct after he provoked a confrontation with a 41-year-old Madison woman collecting recall signatures on Madison’s east side.
The incident happened Thursday, December 8. Here is the Madison Police Department’s incident report:
POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011
Release from Madison Police:
Incident Type: Disturbance
Incident Date: 12/08/2011 – 3:42 PM
Address: 3800 block Milwaukee St.
Earl A. Gluth, age 54, Stoughton
Mr. Gluth was cited for Disorderly Conduct.
Female, age 41, Madison
A tête-à-tête between a petitioner and a supporter of Governor Walker ended with a citation for disorderly conduct Thursday afternoon.
A 41-year-old Madison woman was one of several collecting signatures on a sidewalk near the east side Woodman’s when a man appeared and started taking pictures of the recall volunteers. The woman assumed the man was a supporter of their effort. She posed for him and asked if would like to sign. She says the man said, “This is not good,” and, “This is going on the website.” She said the man then went over to where their cars were parked and began snapping shots of their license plates saying he was going to look up where they live.
It was about this time, the woman began to feel uneasy about the man, particularly when he said he was going to try to find out where she resides.
She decided to take out her phone to get a photo of him. She had not yet flipped it open when she says the man took a swipe her way, knocking her clipboard – with petition attached – and her phone to the pavement.
The phone back broke off, but she was able to reassemble.
She followed the man as he walked into Woodman’s.
She says he was yelling about her following him and being “anti-Walker.”
The other petitioners (a 64-year old Madison man and a 62-year old Madison man) relayed the same story to the investigating officer.
He was able to locate the other party who provided a much different take on the tête-à-tête.
The 54-year old Stoughton man said he stopped to take pictures of the group because one petitioner was standing way too close to the road and nearly hit his car. He says the woman actually nailed him in the eye with her phone, and he took a swing to get it away from his face. He doesn’t recall knocking the recall petition.
The officer inspected the man’s eye and found it looked just like his other eye, not overly bloodshot, no evidence it had been touched.
Still, the man said he was going to see a doctor and he would be suing the woman for striking his eye.
He maintained she chased him into the store. Surveillance video shows her following him as he points back at her, saying something. In the end, based on available evidence, the officer decided to cite the Stoughton man for disorderly conduct.
This type of incident is becoming way too frequent. Come on, Walker supporters. Grow up.
Apropos of nothing, how often do you read a Wisconsin police report that includes the phrase tête-à-tête? “Bonne chance” at your hearing, Monsieur Gluth!