Democrat Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer assaulted with sucker-punch at Juneteenth celebration

The white Democratic mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, took part in a Juneteenth celebration this weekend, but apparently one of his black constituents was none too pleased with his being there.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D) was unexpectedly sucker-punched and knocked to the ground by a man in a brazen public incident that was caught on surveillance cameras, the Conservative Brief reported.

The assault occurred Saturday evening during a public gathering in celebration of the Juneteenth holiday, but Mayor Fischer has downplayed the severity of the attack against him and said in a statement, “You know, occasionally in life things happen. You know, you get knocked down. You gotta get back up and keep going.”

Assault caught on video

The Louisville Metro Police Department shared news of the assault against the mayor and said that he was “doing fine” in a tweet Saturday night that included pictures of the suspect and requested information from the public that would lead to his arrest.

Two days after the incident, local CBS affiliate WLKY posted the surveillance camera footage of the incident in which the suspect can be seen casually walking toward the mayor — who was engaged in conversation with someone else — and then punching him in the face with no warning before fleeing the scene.

WLKY later reported that the suspect had been arrested Tuesday and identified as 30-year-old Antwon Brown, who pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing to a misdemeanor assault charge. Brown’s bond had initially been set at $25,000, but the judge ultimately reduced that bond to $5,000.

Mayor mocked by some over sucker-punch

TheBlaze reported that Mayor Fischer was not seriously harmed by the assault and did not require medical attention, and though questions have been raised about the mayor’s security detail and how the suspect was able to not only approach and assault the politician but also escape afterward, those questions have been dismissed by the mayor’s office.

Meanwhile, the outlet noted that there was plenty of mockery against the mayor in response to the social media posts about the assault, with some going so far as to suggest that Fischer deserved or earned the assault as a direct result of his own policies that are viewed by some as being soft on criminals.

More than a few of the commenters also raised the allegations that Fischer had given a “stand down” order to the LMPD during the 2020 protests and riots and allowed the city to be ransacked and looted — an allegation put forward by LMPD officers at the time that was denied by the mayor.

Unwise policies or not, nobody deserves to be sucker-punched in this fashion, and it will be interesting to see if the suspect in this incident is actually held accountable for his unprovoked assault on the mayor or is given a slap on the wrist and let loose to potentially violently reoffend again.

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