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Iowa City Man Cited for Grabbing and Smashing Woman's 'Horrific' Anti-Abortion Sign

An Iowa City man faces misdemeanor criminal mischief charges after smashing a sign that he felt would disturb children.


An Iowa City man is facing a serious midemeanor after a woman's anti-abortion sign allegedly spurred his reaction.

Police were called yesterday morning to the intersection of Riverside Drive and Highway 6 for the report of a disturbance on the corner. When the officer arrived, a woman told him that she was holding a political sign at the corner when she was approached by a man -- William Carl Kapp, 26, of Iowa City -- who grabbed her sign from her hands and smashed it, according to the criminal complaint.

Police say Kapp admitted to smashing the sign because he was "overwhelmingly offended that children passing by would be subjected to the image" which he described as "horrific" and "obscene."

A message to Iowa City Police information officef, Sgt. Denise Brotherton, returned a response that she is out of the office, but earlier she told the Press-Citizen that she believed the sign had an anti-abortion related message on it.

Lydia Martens, an Iowa City parent, had this to say on the Iowa City Patch Facebook page:

"I can completely understand his reaction. I have to avoid that whole intersection EVERY Wednesday, because I don't want my living son to be traumatized by pictures of dead unborn babies. These people aren't even willing to turn the signs around when parents politely ask when they have the misfortune of getting stuck at the red light. It's been an unfortunate situation in the making for a long time."

The sign sustained damage that was in excess of $200 according to the criminal complaint. Kapp was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief for the offense, a serious misdemeanor.

Kapp could not be reached for comment before the publishing of this article.

Cab McCann August 11, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Americans think life is all about pleasure and sugar plum fairies. Time to wake up. The country is hanging by a thread, the world is on the brink of nuclear annihilation. We are all going to die someday, just face the facts. This life is short and just a test for the next. America has failed its test, its people are depraved, selfish, petty, lacking in principles or values, thinking only of the moment, not considering the consequences of 39 years of butchering 1.5 million human babies a year. The world is falling apart heading into nuclear world war, and anybody who thinks God will protect baby-murdering America "drunk with the blood of the saints," protect or bless a nation of hard-hearted, thankless people, who don't care about their own kids, let alone unborn babies slaughted in the abortion mills, people who who can't be thankful for others who take their own time and money to speak the truth in the face of the lies of the controlled media, the controlled education system, the vile world system that is corrupting their own children they claim to want to "protect." You would think parents would not want their own children to be as depraved as they themselves are. These comments show how corrupt and brainwashed the American people are. Too much stinking TV. Take your kids out of the stinking government schools, from the evil culture. Repent. Imagine facing God on Judgment Day with a heart as hard and selfish as yours, and to want your children to think as you do.
Cab McCann August 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Abortions do not eliminate poverty. We've killed 1.5 million American human babies each and every year since 1973, and the country is on the brink of extermination, the economy in shambles and crashing fast. Neither does Bless Me I'm Jewish bring blessings, as we've been lied to. Obviously. For all our warmongering and putting Israel first, the whole world is on the brink of destruction. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. Killing babies is pure evil, and we have forfeited all of God's protection and blessings. Hating Jesus and Christians and Muslims, as the Jews do, does not make one God's Chosen -- unless it is chosen for Hell. Time for people to wake up and smell the coffee. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. Plain and simple.
Cab McCann August 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
People who teach their own children that it's okay to kill other human beings for one's own selfish convenience should not be surprised in their old age when they get strapped down to their beds and starved and thirsted to death, or rounded up and sent to a FEMA camp for extermination.
Joan Arc August 11, 2012 at 04:09 PM
@ Cab McCann please do a little bit of research before you say that it is BS that abortions have been performed to save the life of the mother. . . wait, I did that for you. . .here: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/05/15/20100515phoenix-catholic-nun-abortion.html I, myself, hemorrhaged so badly during the c-section that I had to deliver my children after my second pregnancy that I was told it would be fatal for me to get pregnant again. My husband and I successfully practice birth control and have never had to choose one way or the other. I just think that you should take into account that the decision to have an abortion is not usually an easy one for the mother. You should go read your bible again because Matthew 7 says it all.
Cab McCann August 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I stand by what I said, the vast, vast majority of abortions are done for convenience or to hide the results of their adultery. And lots of women have had babies after their doctors gave them dire death warnings. In fact, I recommend avoiding doctors as much as possible, have your babies at home with a midwife, and you won't be needing or getting any caesarians. If you got pregnant, do you think you would not bleed when you got your abortion? Doctors kill a lot of women every year with needless c-sections. Also, there are plenty of women who are maimed and who die from their "safe and legal" abortions each year, but of course their death certificates do not read they "died from abortion." Just like people who die from their chemo and radiation treatments, and many other medical "treatments" and medical drug side effects do not get recorded as dying from their medical treatments, but from "heart attacks," or whatever. In the end, we all die from heart attacks, don't we?
Matthew Georges August 11, 2012 at 07:28 PM
You threw juice on that man, also I don't think it was appropriate to drop "F" Bombs in front of the children you were trying to "protect."
Maria Houser Conzemius August 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Matthew Georges, perhaps a few drops of watermelon juice from my slice of watermelon splashed on the pro-lifer in question. It's not like I took a gallon of orange juice and poured it on the man. You exaggerate a lot, you know it? The things you say are misleading at best and a lie at worst.
Matthew Georges August 11, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I think you are making light of the situation because you made a fool of yourself on camera and you don't want people on this site to know how immature you were in reacting to this man. I will post the video so people can see you nearly foaming from the mouth while you accost this man. You, as a "journalist" and with a degree in English, should know how to conduct yourself better in an argument. If you can't calmly state your beliefs or opinions without crossing the line into juvenile behavior such as splashing people with juice, you deserve no respect or credibility. I invite the rest of these people who view this thread to see if what I claimed was a lie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUZmDw5unig&feature=relmfu&fb_source=message
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
How would you like it if somebody chopped on your body? Why don't you put your hypocrisy to the test at the nearby abortion mill-- ask them to cut on you like they cut on an innocent baby, and see how long it takes you to scream for a stop to the butchery when it is YOUR body that is being cut on. The parents who don't like the signs feel guilty over the other kids they have slaughtered, and don't want to admit it in front of their children. The shame is on the murdering parents, not the people who expose their butchery. No murderer wants his guilt to be held up to public inspection, and the murderer's rage at being exposed helps convict him (or her) of their guilt. "Deserved to have her sign broken" because you don't like the message? You expose yourself as an advocate of dictatorship and censorship, and reveal you are of the same brutish mentality as Hitler or Stalin. You also reveal with your "firm smack" crack you are an advocate of censorship violence, which further reveals your ambitions for dictatorship. As you say, the pictures show it COULD have been any kid-- except the kids learning from the signs (when you aspire to censorship and ignorance) learn their parents had sense enough to save their lives. The rest, the senseless ones who killed their kids, reveal by their lack of sense to be the real idiots here. Any doubts? Try abortion on yourself. Until you do, you are just another murderous hypocrite.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
You didn't want kids seeing the signs? That's your admission you are afraid of the truth, and believe in censorship. If you believed in protecting the children, you wouldn't hypocritically be an advocate for covering up the butchering of them. Abortion is like rape-- preying upon the weak and helpless. Except the rapist doesn't charge money like the abortion mills do, and the rapist usually lets the victim live instead of chopping the victim to pieces. How does it feel to carry on at a level of Stone Age violence advocacy supporting something worse than what rapists do? What possesses sick people in the abortion mills to turn innocent children into hamburger? What possesses you to cover up for them by trying to censor the truth as shown by the pictures? You convict yourself, revealing your aspirations for a dictatorship regime that runs on censorship and butchery when you think it's OK to grab the sign and smash it. The hate is from the people killing babies, and the ignorance is from the people advocating censorship of the truth.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Anti-choice is what comes from the abortion mills. They are depriving the innocent child in the womb of his or her own choice to live his or her own life unmolested by selfish bloody butchery. 98% or more of abortions are due to selfish greed and have nothing to do with dangerous pregnancies or rape or incest. In the 2% or less of the rare cases, the baby is still innocent and did nothing to deserve death. What system of justice executes the innocent? The system you selfishly want for other people, but it's not justice as proven by the fact that you don't accept abortion cutting to be done on you. Let's see you volunteer for the abortionists to cut on your body, and we'll see soon enough how fast you want them to stop. Moreover, you and everyone else is the product of rape. You had 1,024 great(9x)grandmothers, and if even 1% were raped you have 10 babies from rape in your recent genealogical past. If just one had been aborted, your mom or dad wouldn't have been ultimately born, and you wouldn't be here. So, if you believe in killing babies for rape, you will have to start with yourself. But you aren't doing this, which shows you don't believe your own hypocrisy. Is it easy for any murderer to decide to kill? Does taking time to decide a difficult killing make it OK? If your neighbor agonizes for a year before decideing to cut your head off, does that make it OK? Your friend didn't get over her abortion because she knows in her bones and her guts that its murder.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Just google "Tonya Reaves" or "abortion ambulance" to see how much the abortion mills care about saving their butchered murder-mom patients. They wouldn't even call 911 to save Tonya Reaves, they just let her bleed to death in Chicago a few weeks ago. In other videos, the abortion mill staff are laughing it up if they ever get around to calling the ambulances at all to cover up their mistakes. The abortion mill profits let them hire big-time lawyers and buy off crooked judges, so Planned Parenthood's victims and their grieving families don't have much of a chance, while the head of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. The abortion murder mills also don't care that abortion and birth control pills over the last 30 years have driven the incidence of breast cancer to 13% from the previous 8%. Their friends make more money when women get cancer. So Planned Parenthood doesn't care. They make big bucks from other people's misery. Just look at the snazzy cars in the staff parking lot (south side of 850 Orchard St. in Iowa City), and you know why Planned Parenthood is laughing its way to the bank, plus endlessly trying to milk sucker taxypayers for more and more governmental subsidies.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Hitler did many things besides murder and mayhem, like building fine autobahns that America copied. Does that make Hitler a good guy? If abortion were a trivial part of Planned Parenthood, they would be willing to give it up. Not. I've seen human abortions, and they only cost about $10 to do, or less. The surgical instruments are re-used thousands of times, for a per-abortion cost of pennies. The rest is a few dollars more for paper and plastic disposable gowns, masks and gloves. In exchange for butchering a baby for under $10, they charge hundreds or thousands of dollars. Blood money is their motive, which is why PP head Cecile Richards rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Check out the staff's cars at the south end of Planned Parenthood in Iowa City (850 Orchard) and you will see their primary motive is protecting their cozy income. The harassment is harassment of innocent babies being slaughtered in exchange for committing no crime. The irresponsible fanatics are the "women" (actually sluts) who are too incompetent to control their own bodies. If they were in control of their bodies, they wouldn't have an 'unwanted' pregnancy, and every abortion is an admission of being an irresponsible selfish failure who is out of touch with the functioning of her own body. The anti-choice is coming from the abortion mill, which deprives babies of the choice to live their lives unmolested by butchery (google 'abortion pictures' for a view)-- not those saving them.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Maria Conzemius is lying. I'm the guy she was lunging at, and as I plainly said on the video that "the old man" shot "we got her for assault," which is exactly why Maria peddled out of there before the deputies arrived. We got you on film Maria, so if I want to diddle around prosecuting you I can still do it.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The pictures are horrific because abortion is horrific. That's why such uncivilized violence has to stop, and why it's time to shut down the abortion mills whose only interest is blood-money profits. What isn't sane is to kill innocent babies, and what isn't sane is to cover it up, and what isn't sane is to engage in censorship. But you know you are providing cover for those guilty of butchering the innocent, so you convict yourself of censorship and aiding and abetting violence from the Stone Age level that is worse than rape. Rapists don't charge anything, and usually let their victims live. Your abortion pals you are covering for charge plenty, and chop up their victims into little pieces. Nice company you keep, with violent butchers who are worse than rapists.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Killing off the aged and infirm has already started in American hospitals and nursing homes. It usually happens in the dead of night, when the families have been chased out of intensive care or whatever unit, and it's easy to unplug support machines at 3 am so the "patient" victim is good and dead by 6 am. Welcome to the world of Obamacare, and your premiums will be rising also. The national health program in England has been doing this since the 1970's, and of course Hitler showed the way for Obamacare in Germany in the 1930's. If you wait to see it happen to your family, it will be too late to do anything about it, but once you learn from real-world events you'll be more aware of the facts if you choose to ignore what is written here.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I'm the guy she was spazzing to get rabid with. One of her first comments on video was that pro-lifers 'don't care about the kids' that could have been aborted. So, I pointed out her hypocrisy via asking her what she did to support my kids. I asked her that question at least 3-4 times, she realized she was a total hypocrite in not doing what she demanded of others, and her realization of her own hypocrisy quickly spiralled into her own immature hissy fit. Of course she is afraid of the truth, and she refused repeatedly to answer the question. Maria has difficulty maintaining control of her mouth or her body, like any of the morons who give themselves 'unwanted' pregnancies and then try to cover up their results of their activities by killing the innocent. She repeatedly avoiding answering the question once she realized how stupid she had made herself look. She knows she is running on hot air, and like anyone who is guilty of hypocrisy she enraged herself by making it so easy to expose her hypocrisy.
randy crawford August 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM
The children ARE more mature than the warped "adults" who don't have a clue how to be responsible the way truly grown-up people are. When my kids were 4 and 7, they weren't learning to look before crossing the street-- no matter how often I told them. So, I wanted to teach them the reality of human mortality and what happens when a person dies. So, I took them to the Univ. Iowa Anatomy Dept. cadaver lab, to look at humans chopped to pieces. The result? My son became a biology major and my daughter became an emergency room doctor. That's how harmful real chopped up people are for kids to see. The people who object to this practice of witnessing gore vary from abject ignoramuses to those who want to hide from their children the fact that the idiot parents already killed off their brothers and sisters. Like any other murderer, abortion murderers don't like the sad truth of their greed and irresponsibility to come to light, and there is no lie they won't attempt to conceal their guilt. If they ever learn to repent and confess their mistake, they might find alleviation. But denial only makes their internal wounds and guilt fester, and drives some to violence and others to suicide. It's not hard to figure why the abortion pictures make the guilty so enraged so fast. They know what they are guilty of, and in reality they hate their foolish mistakes.
bud badazz August 12, 2012 at 04:21 PM
in the name of protecting children you guys support destroying the very signs revealing an ugly truth about abortion industry's callous hatred for children? you support protecting children innocence but yet these same parents condone gay marriage and gay lifesyles and its paradings in public forums and indoctrination of innocent children in public schools...maybe the problem isnt about abortion or homosexuality horrifics but rather your definition of innocence and your definition of protection
randy crawford August 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Pro-choicers always reveal their hypocrisy because they're never willing to be chosen. If the abortion butchers cut even a cubic inch of their own arm or leg, they'd be screaming for a stop immediately. They know the baby isn't part of their body.They know they don't see with the baby's eyes or hear with the baby's ears. They know the baby's body feels the torture of vivisection and dismemberment while they skate away-- their bodies uncut. Abortion is the cruelest form of hypocrisy, and only the gullible fall for it. Then they go into denial to try to dismiss their guilt. But it dogs them forever-- often to suicide. That's why so much of abortion mill mega-profits go to buy off crooked politicians and crooked journalists, to keep the blood money flowing. Homosexuals are also manipulative hypocrites. Not a single one of them is the result of homosexuality, and all of us-- even the perverts-- is the result of a uniting male sperm and female egg. There is no other way for humans to reproduce. Homosexuals contradict their very origin and legitimacy-- one of the reasons homosexuality is as substantial and valuable as dehydrated water. There is nothing there but illusion. So, like the abortion interests, they spend abundant income (not many children to support) buying crooked politicians and crooked media to generate deceptive propaganda. But, homosexuality accomplishes nothing, is good for nothing, and its only effect is to spread vile disases. Homo is death, like Darwin Award.
randy crawford August 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Here's what Maria was really doing. It's her version of freedom of speech and non-violence. She wants to protect the profits of the abortion industry, not the innocent children who are being butchered. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUZmDw5unig&feature=relmfu&fb_source=message
Lisa August 12, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Matthew, lying murderers and those who aid and abet murder know on some level that they are the vile murderers that they are. They then look at their neatly packaged little lives, all neatly tied in a bow, filled with respectability, and there comes the cognitive dissonance--BOOM! What else can happen but they become foaming-at-the-mouth screaming lunatics, unafraid to assault little old ladies in public, believing that the cops and other citizens will support them or just give them a little slap on the wrist. Their whole mindset is so sick and twisted that they cannot give a coherent argument, instead drumming up phantom 4 year olds who will be 'horrified' to see these images. If abortion is so great, such a moral and social good, why not plaster these images everywhere, like in every public square for all to see? We can watch surgeries performed on the health channel, so why don't we show abortions being done live on TV if it is so good and therapeutic? Why are people hiding abortion from the pubic eye? Because it is MURDER and whatever spark of human decency is buried way, way, way down inside of them (if it is still there at all) knows this. They know that the rape and incest argument is laughable as a means to justify abortion on demand. They know that abortion doesn't prevent poverty or venerial disease. They just want abortion because they have turned their back on God and instead worship the idol of the SELF. They know it, and this angers them.
Peggy Orr August 19, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Our sympathies go out to this young man who felt so strongly about seeing an actual aborted baby that he over-reacted with aggravated aggression. We think the intensity of his actions show that there has been an abortion in his past, and we refer him to Project Rachel, confidential help after an abortion. We are concerned and we hope that he will get help for his anguish. Call 1-888-456-4673.
Maria Houser Conzemius August 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Peggy Orr, it would be nice if pro-lifers didn't provoke such anguish in the first place. It's particularly inappropriate to show such photos to children. I don't know what pro-lifers think they are accomplishing with such photos. It would be different if pro-lifers cared about what happens to infants after they're born, but the Ryan budget proves that they don't.
Matthew Georges August 20, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Maria, please stay on topic. There are people who would vote Republican that are pro choice, and also pro lifers that vote blue. You can't lump everyone into two choices so neatly.
randy crawford August 22, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Here's Maria again, trying to blame somebody else for her inability to control her temper. The anguish is from people seeing how barbaric abortion is, and blaming us messengers who expose the truth to public view is merely an evasive dodge of the photographs' true origins. The vivisection and dismemberment are from the guilt of the abortion butchers, and Maria or anyone else burying their head in the sand does nothing to help the slaughtered victims. It is particularly positively appropriate to educate the young, so they don't grow up to butcher their kids and ruin their lives (cf. operationoutcry.org -personal stories). When people come back years later with saved babies, thanking us with abortpics, we know we've saved human lives. Maybe Maria's mother was dissuaded from killing her at the last minute by one of the pictures, and was always too ashamed to tell her. After/before/and during being born, the kids are the responsibility of the people who made them. Did Maria or Planned Parenthood come to my place to help raise my kids? Why not? Because they know they aren't responsible for my kids. I am. So why does Maria hypocritically want me to take care of somebody else's kids? She of course can't justify her obvious hypcrisy. What is pathetic is how little regard Maria has for the kids who are brutally vivisected 5 days a week at Planned Parenthood and Emma Goldman in Iowa City, and the three thousand or more other victims every "business day" killed across America.
Misty September 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
That corner sounds like a great place to sign up foster parents among the protestors. Many children are looking for a forever home in Iowa right now, but I have never seen a corner filled with people waving signs to get drivers to adopt and take care of the children already here who are unloved and abandoned.
Jason Rahall October 15, 2012 at 08:34 AM
If you support showing the photographic "truth" of the medical procedure, then you would presumably support showing the photographic truth and reality of all the people shot or blasted apart in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. People need to see what they are supporting.
randy crawford December 02, 2012 at 02:29 AM
---Such adoptions are already done via Choices Medical Clinic at 821 S. Gilbert http://www.superpages.com/bp/Iowa-City-IA/Choices-Medical-Clinic-L2108933525.htm ---I notice Misty isn't taking her own advice, & isn't soliciting adoptions from that corner or any other. Not surprising-- abortion apologists are habitual hypocrites including recommending adoption work they don't do, & apologizing for abortion's vivisection & dismemberment they don't want inflicted on themselves. ---If Misty, no matter how unloved and abandoned she may be, has someone volunteer to save her life, is that life-saver obligated to support Misty? She knows otherwise, as does any sane person, & thus is exposed the totally bogus and specious fallacy of her attempted 'argument' that is in fact only another hollow hypocrisy. ---Such devious doubletalk illustrates yet again the murderous fallacy of abortion & its propaganda apologists. I have seen Iowa City abortions myself, & know from experience they only cost about $10 to do by those who pervert their medical training. The tools are re-used thousands of times for a per-abortion cost of pennies. The rest is disposable paper and plastic for masks, gloves, and gowns. They charge hundreds or thousands of dollars per abortion, and the blood-money profits buy crooked politicians and media fronts and crooked judges and police. The woman on the corner is there only because Planned Parenthood framed her & threw her in jail for 30 days with an injunction.
Donald Spitz August 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Lydia Martens doesn't care one iota about the babies being murdered in that abortion mill. She speaks against those who are trying to save the lives of those children. Any coward who supports abortion has the blood of babies on their hands. Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Numbers 35:33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.

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