Active duty airman, Staff Sgt. Tony Pettway, was arrested last Saturday on a misdemeanor charge of assault with injury. Pettway's arrest comes after he was captured on video punching and stomping a protestor at a rally for current GOP front-runner Donald Trump in Tucson, Arizona.
Pettway works as a response force leader for the security forces at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.
Multiple attendants of the rally captured Pettway on video attacking the victim, Bryan Sanders, who was there protesting Donald Trump. The videos showed Pettway ripping the sign from the hands of Sanders, who was being led away by venue security staff, and repeatedly punching him in the face. After Sanders fell to the ground, the videos show Pettway repeatedly kicking him.
In an interview with the local news station, Sanders said, "I was being escorted out of the building, I had that in my right hand a peace sign up. A guy grabbed the sign out of my right hand and sucker punched me. Then he got on top of me and hit me several more times."
Capt. Casey Osborne, the Chief of Public Affairs for the 55th Fighter Wing, said, "We are reviewing the situation, fully cooperating with local authorities, and will take appropriate action. All DOD members are authorized to participate in the political process in their personal capacity without implying any endorsement from the DOD. We believe wholeheartedly in our fellow Americans' rights to express their views on political issues, and we strongly condemn any attempt to silence those views through force or violence."
Pettway began active duty in the Air Force in August 2002. He has been stationed in Arizona at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base since 2012.