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Rudy got a man arrested for a light pat on the back: Cops facing nothing for pushing ‘Full House’ actress to the ground

Chris Graham

Rudy Guiliani is claiming a light pat on the back at a grocery store campaign event was an assault, and was able to convince officers in Staten Island to make an arrest.

On the other coast, officers full-force pushed “Full House” actress Jodi Sweetin to the ground during a protest over abortion rights, and all the LAPD did about it was issue a statement saying the “force used will be evaluated against the LAPD’s policy and procedure.”

What a great country we live in.

First, to Rudy, who clearly wasn’t aware that there’d be security-cam footage of the back pat that would get out on the interwebs.

“It was a very heavy shot,” Guiliani said in a Facebook stream. “I’m 78 years old. I’m in pretty good shape for a 78-year-old. He could easily have hit me, knocked me to the ground, and killed me.”

Here’s the video:

No, what Rudy said happened didn’t happen.

Was it assault? The suspect, such as he is, Daniel Gill, a 39-year-old employee at the ShopRite grocery store, touched him, called him a “scumbag,” then berated Guiliani over the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

That Gill touched Guiliani in an unwelcome matter can certainly meet the strict legal definition of assault, though it’s hard to imagine a prosecutor actually moving forward toward trying a case – and it’s not hard to imagine people wanting to contribute to a GoFundMe for Gill to be able to mount a legal defense if this were to eventually go to trial.

Then, to Sweetin.

From the video, this seems to be a clear violation of whatever the LAPD has in its procedures against the use of force.

Witnesses said the actress was trying to lead a group of protestors away from the freeway when she was shoved to the ground.

It doesn’t take much to figure that if Gill’s backslap on Guiliani had knocked him to the ground and caused him to tumble as Sweetin did here, he’d be facing …

Well, he’s already facing a second-degree assault charge for a pat on the back.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].