Violent Crime

Milwaukee Mayor Describes Attack

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett gave his first press conference since fighting off a violent attack on Saturday night, when he defended an older woman who was holding a one-year-old child and fighting with a young man. Standing with his wife, sister, and niece, a visibly injured Barrett told reporters, "I think anybody would have done the same thing. I hope anybody would have done the same thing." Barrett sustained injuries to his mouth, face, and hand, which he wore in a cast. WISN-TV reports that Anthony Peters, 20, was arguing with the grandmother of his daughter. Peters attacked Barrett with a metal baton and, according to Barrett, "Things got very, very ugly very, very quickly." Barrett's security personnel were not with him that night because he was on "a spur of the moment decision by myself to have a little family reunion with my siblings." He says he is "on the mend" and "just wanted you to know I'm still standing." Peters is expected to be charged Thursday for the assault.