Video: Man attacks pro-life activists; two weeks later, still no arrest made
ROCKFORD, IL, August 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two weeks ago pro-life veteran Kevin Rilott was standing on a street corner in Rockford, Illinois, holding a picture of Jesus as part of a pro-life demonstration, when a car pulled up beside him.
Moments before Rilott had witnessed a man in the car throw a full can of soda at a female pro-life demonstrator, which fortunately ricocheted off her sign. Immediately, Rilott switched on his video camera.
Rilott’s video footage shows the driver of the car, a woman, lean over and gave Rilott the finger. Explaining that she has lost three children, she says, “I don’t wanna see this,” in an apparent reference to the graphic abortion images held by some of the pro-life demonstrators.
“You had them aborted?” Rilott asked, to which the woman responded “no.”
But before the conversion could go any further, a young man leapt out of the passenger seat.
Rilott told LifeSiteNews.com that the man launched into a stream of violent and profanity-laced invective before ripping a sign depicting an aborted baby out of the hands of the same elderly woman at whom he had thrown the can of soda.
Rilott said the man then approached him and “chest-bumped” him hard in an apparent effort to knock him down.
As the man got back in his car, Rilott told him, “God loves you.”
“God hates you,” the man shot back, before driving off.
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Rilott called police, who arrived shortly after. The pro-life activist was able to provide the police with clear footage of his assailant, as well as a license plate number. He was told that a detective was on the case.
The pro-life activist says, however, that he was disturbed at the time that the police “didn’t seem too interested” in what had happened.
Now, two weeks later, Rilott has yet to hear anything further from the police. No arrest has been made.
Exasperated by the delays, Rilott called the police department this morning, only to be informed that the police have not yet taken any action.
A call placed to the Rockford police department by LifeSiteNews.com was not immediately returned.
Rilott told LifeSiteNews there is a “long history” of inaction by the police in Rockford when it comes to incident involving pro-lifers. He doesn’t know why, but, he says, “some people in the state attorney’s office and the police apartment do not like pro-lifers.”
The Pro-Life Action League, the organizers of the protest Rilott was participating in, say they are also disturbed by the police response.
“With such evidence in their hands, why would the Rockford Police hesitate?” asked Matt Yonke of the Pro-Life Action League. “What’s holding them back from making what seems to be an obvious arrest? They have all the information they could possibly need.”
Asked what he would like to see happen with the case, Rilott says, “I guess the main thing I wanna make sure is that the police contact this man and make sure that he realizes that what he’s done is not legal.
“And then from there, let the legal process take its course,” he said.
WARNING: Extremely strong language. Video not appropriate for children.
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