UPDATE: Signature Gatherer Arrested For Assault Outside Of Canyon Country Walmart
An altercation between a signature-gatherer and a customer occurred Saturday at a Walmart in Canyon Country, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested a woman in Santa Clarita for assault outside of a Walmart in Canyon Country on Saturday.
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The signature-gatherer was arrested on a battery charge around 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Kimberly Shanklin, 45, of Belleview, Ill., reportedly was arrested but is believed to have been "cited out," officials said. She was not in custody Saturday evening.
The name of the suspect was not released by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station officials. Sheriff's Station officials would not release any details regarding the nature of the assault.
"(The) victim said that the suspect punched her in the hand," Cambra wrote in an email.
The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office, Cambra said, who will then decide whether to file charges. There is an anticipated court date of June 19.
Petitioners are legally allowed to solicit signatures outside of private businesses such as Walmart, but cannot engage in unlawful behavior, Rush said.
“The petition-gatherers have the right to be there, even though its private property,” Rush said. “However, they can't interrupt customers and be offensive. They have the right to petition as long as they are doing so in a peaceful manner.“
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Rush added that there were several other arguments at different Walmart locations between petition-gatherers and those who opposed the petition; however, no further arrests were made.
“I’ve talked to a couple of different parties, and explained to them that everyone has the right to be there," Rush said, "and we are hoping that we won't have any further incidents."
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