Candidate running for a Michigan county judge's seat arrested for domestic violence
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A candidate running for a Michigan county judge's seat has been charged with assault and battery and domestic violence after a video circulated online, WZZM reports.

Video of the incident, which prosecutors say took place on Thursday, shows a man witnesses identified as Jason Kolkema, 51, repeatedly striking another person with an object. The video was taken by a witness through the window of The Leonard Building in Muskegon.

"I feel like a lot of times stuff like this happens and nothing gets done about it and people just get away with it. So I feel like the more I can get it out there, the more people can act on it and there'll be more action on it," the person who recorded and shared the video said.

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After realizing he was being filmed, Kolkema allegedly walked to the window and gave a "peace sign" before walking away.

"We remind the public that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty," Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson.