Donna Holman, 78, is a 40-year-veteran in the war against abortion. On Wednesday, she was protesting near a Planned Parenthood office in Iowa City, near a sign showing a dismembered, aborted fetus. A hulking 30-year-old Hong Kong national attending the University of Iowa saw the sign, and found it so “strange” that he punched Donna in the back, causing her some pain and making her drop her leaflets. He then calmly walked on.
Although the assault wasn’t captured on camera, Holman immediately contacted her husband, Dan, who came to meet her and brought his camera with him. Dan quickly located Man Chun “John” Ma, a 6’1”, 200 pound man from Hong Kong. When Dan caught up with Ma, Ma freely confessed, on camera, that he had indeed punched Donna. “Sorry about that,” he said. “I know I’m in trouble.” Speaking later to a police officer, Ma again admitted that “I did punch her.”
Ma was not particularly upset that he’d punched a 78-year-old woman. When Dan told him Donna’s age, Ma replied, “She doesn’t look like it,” which, in the context of assault, is a dubious compliment at best.
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Dan Holman kept his camera running when a police officer came to the scene and arrested Ma. The officer was blunt: Ma clearly punched Donna because he didn’t like the sign. The officer frankly admitted that he didn’t like Donna’s sign either, which was calculated “to provoke an extreme reaction.” Nevertheless, said the officer, “That doesn’t mean that what he did was okay.”
According to the complaint the officer filed, Ma admitted that his motive for striking Donna with the back of his hand was that he “found the idea of being anti-abortion strange.” He also told the officer that he knew that what he did was wrong and that he shouldn’t have done it.
The Blaze contacted the University of Iowa to ask what it was going to do about Ma’s arrest. Tom Moore, a university spokesman, told The Blaze that University policy requires that students who get arrested must meet with the Dean of Students, who then reviews the matter to see if the student’s conduct violates any university policy. Only then will the university determine whether it needs to take further action.
You can see Dan Holman’s unedited video, above. Dan was aware when he posted it that the date stamp is wrong, but he doesn’t know how to reset his camera to fix it.