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Pushing, shoving after Sen. Stein floor speech in Frankfort

Sen. Kathy Stein says ever since the Senate voted to move her 13th district out of Lexington she’s received overwhelming support.

“Everyone who came up to me said what they did to you was wrong,” Sen. Stein said of recent conversations she’s had in Lexington.

Sen. Stein told lawmakers that her constituents in Lexington were given a raw deal.

“And the citizens of my district and other districts will not forget it,” the Lexington Democrat said.

About 20 people, some representing the group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, cheered and clapped for Stein several times during her floor speech. And as they were leaving, there were allegations of pushing and shoving.

“Get your hands off of me!” protester Karen Conley was heard and seen telling a state trooper seen escorting her from the Senate after the chamber adjourned Tuesday.

“I started walking out and a police officer pushed me first and then he grabbed my arm, and I said, I’m going I’m going, he kept pushing me from behind,” Conley told reporters.

Several of the protesters were heard saying they would be filing a formal complaint over the incident.

State police spokesman Lt. David Jude said that one person was arrested and charged with menacing.

Sen. Floor leader Robert Stivers said he saw someone grab trooper John Barton. Stivers said he was slightly injured in the ordeal.

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