• State lawmaker accused of choking challenger


    BOSTON - A Massachusetts state lawmaker has been accused of choking a political challenger during a chance encounter at a restaurant.

    The Lowell Sun reports that Sam Meas made the allegation against Democratic state Rep. Rady Mom in a police report filed May 8.

    Meas alleges Mom responded angrily after he tapped his shoulder to say hello. Meas says Mom grabbed his neck and choked him, and pressed a fist into his rib cage.

    Meas wasn't injured but is seeking a harassment order against Mom in court on Thursday.

    Mom hasn't been charged.

    Mom is an acupuncture therapist who in 2014 became the first Cambodian-American elected to a U.S. state Legislature.

    A message left by The Associated Press at his Statehouse office wasn't immediately returned.

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