Ohio State protestor shoved down stairs wants to drop charges


The man who was pushed down stairs during an anti-Trump protest has asked the prosecutor's office to drop charges against the man who did it.

Tim Adams says he has seen the video after experiencing being tackled down stairs.

“I’ve watched it a couple times. I mean it’s hard for me not to watch it because I see it so often on my Facebook newsfeed,” he said.

Adams is seen on cell phone video speaking to fellow anti-Trump demonstrators in the Ohio State University student union just before 6 p.m. Monday night.

OSU Police said Adams was near the bottom of the stairs when Shane Stanton starts running toward him from the top of the stairs, shoving him to the ground.

“I think it was a little bit worse than it actually was. You know I was injured on my thumb, I fell on my hands and I also fell on my right knee so I went to the emergency room last night and got x-rayed and everything was fine just bruised,” he said.

Stanton made his first appearance in Franklin County court Tuesday morning facing a misdemeanor assault charge.

Immediately following the incident Adams and many of the roughly 150 people who witnessed it, assumed it was planned and carried out by a Donald Trump supporter. But Adams says he learned that wasn’t the case.

“After conversations with friends of the person who attacked me [I learned] that it was not a politically motivated attack,” he said.

Stanton’s lawyer says his client has a type of autism spectrum disorder known as Asperger syndrome.

In a written statement he notes that Stanton is “deeply sorry for the events” and “supports the right of all to peacefully assemble and protest."

Just one day after the shove made national news, Adams says he spoke to prosecutors and asked them to drop charges against Stanton.

He says he’d just like to forget the whole incident, including the video.

“Certainly I waited a few hours after the incident to watch it but I don’t think I’ll watch it again though,” said Adams.

Stanton was released on bond.