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Protester pushed through Trump crowd, 2 others file complaints with LMPD

Thousands of people gathered at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Tuesday to hear Trump speak. (Source: John P. Wise/WAVE 3 News) Thousands of people gathered at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Tuesday to hear Trump speak. (Source: John P. Wise/WAVE 3 News)
Shiya Nwanguma (Source: WAVE 3 News) Shiya Nwanguma (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Henry Brousseau (Source: WAVE 3 News) Henry Brousseau (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine (Source: WAVE 3 News) Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Three complaints have been filed with the Louisville Metro Police Department regarding alleged altercations at the Donald Trump rally held Tuesday at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

One of the complaints was filed by Trump protester Shiya Nwanguma, a college student who was seen on cell phone video and news footage being confronted and pushed through the crowd by several people, including a Korean War veteran.

"Get out of here! Nobody wants you here!" the vet tells Nwanguma in a 20-second video posted on Facebook. 

"You don't know the name but you know the face," Jaison Gardner said during an interview with Nwanguma for WFPL's Strange Fruit.

Only WAVE 3 News was there for the interview when she said that she went to the rally by herself and held up an anti-Trump poster. That's when she said he singled her out.

"He said get her out of here and that's when everybody started to attack me," she said.

Nwanguma said she wanted Trump to see not everyone supports him, but didn't expect what happened.

"I didn't want to antagonize his supporters whatsoever and I didn't do that whatsoever," she said.

Shiya isn't the only cone whose now filed a police report about the rally. Two others have done so too.

"We were being pushed and shoved and punched," Henry Brousseau said. He has also filed a complaint stating he was assaulted, punched by a Trump supporter.

"There was no lawfulness in this rally, there was only lawlessness," he said.

Brousseau claims he was punched by a woman at the rally and that others pushed and shoved him. He said the attacks began the moment he started chanting, "Black lives matter!"

"As soon as that happened we had people from all directions pulling on our signs, pushing us, shoving us," he said. "There were a lot of people who weren't necessarily partaking, but weren't saying anything about the fact that we were being pushed and shoved and punched."

Brousseau said things would have been different if security would have removed him and the other protesters he was with. But in this case, he said, it was members of the crowd who took matters into own hands and reacted aggressively.

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Both cases have one person in common, Matthew Heimbach. He's a self described nationalist who's said publicly he's looking out for the white race, among other racially charged things.

Others are calling for authorities to get involved.

"If the police department feel that they have enough to charge a felony then we will take action but if they feel there's only enough to charge a misdemeanor then we'd depend on the County Attorney's Office," Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine said.

In the meantime, Shiya hopes politics doesn't trump decency.

"Maybe they should get to know someone whose different than they are and realize that the other isn't always a bad thing," she said.

LMPD said they are investigating the complaints. They said they did escort several people to safety during the rally.

The episode of Strange Fruit will air on Saturday night at 10 p.m. on WFPL. If you like to hear the interview in its entirety, click here

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