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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.

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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