State Worker Says She Was Assaulted During Protest

Woman Says 3 Men Pushed Her To The Ground

A state worker told police she was assaulted by three men during Thursday's union rally that brought thousands of people to the steps of the Statehouse.

The 33-year-old Department of Child Services employee said she was taking a smoke break at the west end of the Indiana Government Center South building just after 12:15 p.m. when she was approached by three men who asked her to use her electronic pass to let them in the building.

When she refused, directing them toward the public entrance, she said the men pushed her, causing her to fall backward, off the sidewalk, and hit her head.

The woman flagged down a Capitol police officer to report the assault. The officer said the woman had a bump on her head and that her clothes were muddied from where she fell onto the ground.

The woman said the men were wearing lime green hooded sweatshirts and orange toboggan-style hats. She said two of the men were also wearing Carhartt work apparel and that the third was wearing overall jeans.

The "We Are Indiana" rally on the steps of the Statehouse, organized by the AFL-CIO, brought more than 8,000 union workers and supporters downtown Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact Indiana State Capitol Police at 317-232-3142.

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