An activist rammed during an anti-Donald Trump rally at Ohio State University wants cops to skip punishing his attacker after learning he is autistic — and politics was not a factor in the stunning tackle.
Cops cuffed Shane Michael Stanton after the 24-year-old OSU student ran toward protester Tim Adams screaming, “You idiot!”
A now-viral video then captured the moment the Worthington man pushed the International Socialist Organization activist down a flight of stairs at the school’s student union building Monday evening.
“It was clear that my assault was not politically motivated in the way was clear that my assault was not politically motivated in the way that we previously thought, nor was it committed by a Trump supporter,” student newspaper The Lantern reported Adams as saying in a Facebook post that has since vanished.
Campus cops plucked Stanton from the crowd and arrested him on an assault charge. Police made no indication the misdemeanor would be dropped.
Stanton’s father confirmed his son has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism that consists of impaired social interaction and self-control.
It’s unclear what inspired Stanton to attack Adams during the rally.
“He is not a terrible person — not by a long shot,” Riedel wrote.
Riedel nixed political motivations as a factor in Stanton’s assault and said the accused supported Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — and not President-elect Donald Trump.
“I don't know what got him fired up like it did,” Riedel added. “I do know this is a person who has battled hard to be a person of their own convictions while mastering an exceptionally difficult task of impulse control.”
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