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FIRST ON FOX: California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter has trashed the Irvine Police Department after arresting the man she lives with for allegedly assaulting a protester at her town hall event last year.
Julian Willis of La Jolla, Calif., made headlines in July after he allegedly punched a protester at Porter’s first town hall since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and caused his nose to bleed.
Willis, who lives with Porter according to arrest and property records, was arrested and given a citation for the attack.
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The fight broke out between protesters supporting former President Trump and Porter supporters, according to local media.
Months after the violent town hall, Porter has toured the media to talk about the danger she says she faces and how it reminded her of the Jan. 6 riots.
In the aftermath of the attack, however, Porter appeared to harbor negative feelings toward the Irvine Police Department.
“Your police department is a disgrace,” Porter told Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan in text messages from the time exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital.
“I will never trust them again,” Porter also said as Khan offered to speak on the phone about the situation with the MP.
Porter’s spokesperson Jordan Wong told Fox News Digital that the congresswoman “was upset that a town hall planned for families was hijacked by extremists, who put voters at risk, including by using slurs. hateful in front of children”.
“She was disappointed that although our staff alerted the police a few days before the event that the extremists were openly announcing their intention to disrupt the town hall, the officers on the day of the incident were hundreds of meters away and were not did not intervene immediately when the fighting broke out,” Wang said.
“Since then, Rep. Porter and our office have worked productively with the Irvine Police Department, including the Deputy welcoming the new Chief of Police to her office for a constructive and cooperative meeting,” he said. he continued.
The congresswoman – a former law professor who was paid more than $285,000 a year while at the University of California, Irvine – made headlines when it was revealed she had won thousands of dollars in royalties on the law school textbooks she needed. her own students to buy for the courses she taught.
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In 2017, Porter, who is now seeking re-election to the House in November, received $286,674 to teach two classes per semester at the institution, according to Transparent California.
Since arriving in Washington, Porter has campaigned to make education more affordable for Americans and said in 2020 that the US political system has “favored the rich and well-connected for too long” because “powerful people live in one reality while the rest of us live in another.”
Fox News Digital’s Kyle Morris contributed reporting.