Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett suffered extensive injuries as he was beaten when answering a woman’s cries for help, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Barrett’s brother, John, said the assailant threatened to use a gun and then punched the 55-year-old mayor so hard in the abdomen that he buckled. The alleged assailant, Anthony J. Peters, 20, beat him with an extendable, police-style baton, John Barrett said.
The incident occurred late Saturday night as the mayor was leaving the state fair with his family and Peters was quarreling with his ex-girlfriend’s mother, authorities said. Barrett confronted the man and tried to calm him. President Obama called Barrett, telling the mayor he went above the call of duty that he was proud of Barrett’s actions.