After Floridian Press broke the story that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz shoved her primary opponent 16-year-old campaign volunteer over the weekend, a police report was filed Monday afternoon with the Pembroke Pines Police Department.
Will this to amount to anything? Perhaps a public apology, perhaps not.
Either way, I’m beyond proud of the courage it took this young lady to stand up & do this.
Our elected officials are supposed to be held to a higher standard.
— Jen Perelman (@JENFL23) August 17, 2020
Martina Velasquez, a 16-year-old climate activist was stumping for Jen Perelman, Wasserman Schultz’s progressive opponent on Saturday outside the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines before she “physically shoved” and “verbally accosted” by Rep. Wasserman Schultz. According to Velasquez recount of the incident, she was handing out palm cards when the congresswoman ended up “shoving me more than one and calling me a liar to my face.”
“I want to tell y’all about my experience with Debbie yesterday,” Velasquez says in the clip describing the incident. “I’m not only a child at the age of 16, but I’m also a constituent and an activist–and in very specific, a climate activist. When I was handing out palm cards to voters and explaining how Debbie was not endorsed by any climate activists other than the Sierra Club–which is historically racist. She ended up shoving me more than one and calling me a liar to my face. This is my congresswoman.”
“I’m from Broward County, Florida and I’ve been a political advocate since I was a child,” Velasquez added. “Right now, I’m campaigning for Jen Perelman in District 23. Jen Perelman is up against a monster and her name is Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”
On Sunday, Perelman tweeted a photo of herself and Velasquez, addressing the congresswoman by her Twitter handle, @DWStweets: “Don’t you EVER touch my volunteers.”
“Police Report has been filed,” Perelman tweeted. “No one, even a congresswoman, is going to touch or intimidate my kids [and] get away with it.”
Velasquez filed an “informational report” with the Pembroke Pines Police Department and is not pressing charges at this time but wanted to create a record of the incident.
According to Pembroke Pines Public Information Officer Amanda Conwell, the report is classified as an ‘Information’ report (PPPD20OFF047648), and “the complainant declined prosecution at the time that the report was taken. The complainant wished it documented that the second party (Ms. Wasserman Schultz) allegedly bumped into/made physical contact with her as they were both handing out flyers. The complainant believed that this contact was intentional.”
Velasquez tweeted out images of the police report she filed.
"you're a hoax,"
"a scam before the election,"
"some gross neoliberal comment,"
"the GOP is desperate,"
"this is a distraction from missing children,"
I'm not an accuser, I'm a producer.
— Martina Velasquez 🦋 (@noiaparadoxa) August 17, 2020
“I’m not an accuser, I’m a producer. I expect a public apology tomorrow,” she tweeted.
The Democratic primary between Wasserman Schultz and Perelman will be decided at the polls Tuesday.