The alleged physical assault happened at the polling location outside Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church on Memphis Avenue in Cleveland Tuesday afternoon. The victim, Greg Flanagan, went to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment.
Flanagan said the incident started when he saw a man arguing with a woman about signs she had outside the polling location. The man was claiming the woman's signs were too close, and Flanagan said the situation was combative. He said he stepped in to try to help the woman.
According to the police report, Flanagan said, "Measure the distance if you are concerned, and don't be an ass."
The poll worker then asked, "What did you say?" "Don't be an ass," Flanagan replied, as stated in the report.
"This is when the named suspect grabbed the victim around the neck, head butted him in between the eyes, then pulled his head close to him and tried to bite his nose off. Victim believes more happened, but could not remember," the report said. It was not immediately clear if Flanagan got the opportunity to vote.