CINCINNATI – A man arrested in zombie makeup while protesting a court case involving a Sycamore Township man’s zombie nativity scene was attacked in jail, records show.
Police said John Forest Thomer was holding a prop at the Hamilton County Courthouse in full undead makeup on Jan. 5 when officers arrested him. Later that same day, an inmate at the Hamilton County Justice Center punched Thomer multiple times, according to documents obtained by WCPO.
Records state inmate Alvin Palmer "exchanged words" with Thomer over use of a phone at the jail when "it appeared as if Thomar hung the phone up on Palmer."
Palmer then struck Thomer multiple times, prompting a jail staff member to call for backup, deputies said. Responding officers handcuffed both inmates.
"I got sucker-punched in jail," Thomer tweeted after his release Jan. 9. "This is real life."
Deputies said no force was used when breaking up the fight. The jail staff members said they locked Palmer in a different unit and a county vehicle took Thomer to a nearby medical center for treatment.
I got sucker-punched in jail. This is real life. Deal w real crimes Cincinnati instead of censoring speech/art. pic.twitter.com/rWAhJjMfyL