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ONLY ON 13 NEWS: Protester shares story after man’s arrested for allegedly attacking her

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Grace Million was among hundreds of people outside the Winnebago County Justice Center last Saturday, when tension mounted between some people at a Back the Blue rally and others protesting that rally.

"I had the flag in my right hand and it was on the ground. I brought it with me to the protest," said Million.

Milion brought a Thin Blue Line flag with her as part of her protest against the Back the Blue rally. She says she went to help a fellow protester whose camera was being knocked down, when she says she was attacked from behind.

"He yanked on the flag, and he yanked it so hard," she said.

She said the force spun her around, and the man started tugging on her flag.

"That's when he forcefully pushed me and hit me in the face," said Million.

According to the criminal complaint, Steven Edenburn pushed million to the ground and took the flag from her. Landing him not just with an Aggravated Battery charge, but a Robbery charge. But he wasn't arrested until Wednesday, four days after the rally. Million said he should have been arrested on the spot.

"The officers that witnessed it happen, they didn't try to stop him. They didn't say, 'Hey, you assaulted this woman. We're going to arrest you now.' They let it happen," she said.

We asked Rockford Police and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office about her accusations. Both said they cannot comment due to it being an active criminal investigation.

Million said she's thankful cameras were rolling when the incident happened, and she hopes the video helps ensure justice is served.

13 News spoke with Edenburn on Facebook hours before he was arrested, asking for his side of the story. He said he only touched the woman to keep his balance, and his only intention was to "rescue the flag" not to hurt her. Million said the video speaks for itself.

Edenburn bonded out of jail. His next court date is set for October.

Kristin Crowley

Evening News Anchor
Kristin Crowley anchors the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. news. She is also a reporter for 13 Investigates. She brings more than a decade of experience to the newsroom. Her work at WREX has earned her multiple awards including a regional Edward R. Murrow for Investigative Journalism and three regional Emmys.

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