BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Boardman police were called to the Mahoning County GOP Headquarters Wednesday evening for an altercation.
Our photographer saw several police cruisers and an ambulance in the parking lot.
Mahoning County GOP Chairman Tom McCabe said there were protesters across the street, but they made their way onto private property.
He said when the protesters were told to leave, a fight broke out.
According to a police report on the incident, the protester involved told police that he had permission to be there. He told police that he was holding a sign in the driveway during Senate candidate J.D. Vance’s visit. He said he moved closer to hear the speaker when someone approached him and asked him to leave.
The protester told police that a suspect “chest bumped” him away from the doors and forced him across the parking lot, pushing him and causing him to fall.
The report stated that he had a cut on his finger that was bleeding.
Police also spoke with someone whose name was redacted from a police report. That person reported confronting the protestor saying, “This is our house” and telling him to leave. The person reported putting a hand on the protester’s sign in an effort to get him to move back but said the protestor tripped and fell.
Police made no arrests at the time, but they did take statements from witnesses who were there.