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Milwaukee mayor has permanent injuries from pipe attack


MILWAUKEE (WSAU) Milwaukee’s mayor says he’ll have permanent damage to his broken right hand, after he was attacked just over a month ago.

Tom Barrett said today he completed the dental work he needed after he was hit with a tire-iron in West Allis on August 15th. He has a new bridge with a pair of new teeth, and another tooth was capped as well.

But doctors told Barrett he might not be able to make a fist again, and it was a psychological setback to be told that his damage was permanent.

Barrett was leaving the State Fair when he called 9-1-1 as a woman yelled for help. Authorities said the woman was fighting with 20-year-old Anthony Peters – and instead of lying on the ground as ordered, Barrett got up and tried to punch the assailant. Officials said Peters ended up hitting Barrett with the tire-iron after he started calling for help on his cell phone.

The incident drew national attention, as did the possibility that Barrett would run for governor next year. But Barrett recently said he would wait a few weeks before deciding.