Beaten Mayor Heads Back to Work

Mayor Tom Barrett was beaten Aug. 15

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Milwaukee Mayor:  "I'm Still Standing"

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett lost teeth and had his hand broken during an attack earlier this month.

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Milwaukee Mayor: "I'm Still Standing"

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett speaks publicly for the first time since he was attacked while leaving the Wisconsin State Fair with his family last weekend.
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Milwaukee's mayor is back at work while continuing to recover from a beating after he confronted a metal-bar wielding man near the state fair.

Mayor Tom Barrett's chief of staff said the mayor attended a meeting with city department heads Monday. He's planning to work shortened days all week.

The 55-year-old mayor suffered gashes to his head and face, smashed teeth and a fractured hand after responding to a grandmother's cry for help Aug. 15 near State Fair Park.

Speaking from his home last week, Barrett said the situation got "very, very ugly, very, very quickly."

Prosecutors said 20-year-old Anthony J. Peters was arguing with the grandmother because he wanted to see his 1-year-old daughter. They said he beat Barrett with a metal bar when the mayor tried to intervene.

Peters is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors in the attack.

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