WASHINGTON — A video of a man punching a woman in the face at a local library has sparked an online controversy, prompting the Washington Public Library to issue a statement saying it will no longer host the event.
The video, posted by the YouTube video site, shows a man walking into the Pennsylvania Library of Congress in downtown Washington, D.C., and punching a man in the eye.
It then shows the man walk away and leave the scene, with the woman in her late 20s and a man sitting nearby.
The incident happened on March 14.
The woman told police the man punched her and she fell to the ground, prompting police to arrive and detain him.
He is facing charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
The Washington Public Public Library released a statement on Monday, saying the incident has sparked a public outcry and will no long be allowed to take place.
“We believe this was a violent assault that should not have occurred at a public library,” the statement said.
“We will no doubt be contacting our local police and reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure that such incidents never happen again.”
The statement added that the library will no forever host the protest.
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