Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) Attacks College Student

Is this not some form of assault? Is this congressman above the law or will he face legal trouble like the rest of us would in this situation?

I'm hearing reports on twitter that this video has been removed from youtube already (see the second update). I guess UFC claimed copyright infringement? Regardless The Right Scoop saved this one from going down the memory hole and posted it up on Eyeblast.

Frankly if I were the student being assaulted in this video I would press charges against this nut. Of course if this student chooses not to press charges this congressman should be forced to publicly apologize and leave office in disgrace. This is despicable behavior from an adult let alone a congressman.

UPDATE: Here is the full video all the way through from both cameras (via DCCameraGuy and Moe Lane)

UPDATE: A couple of things.

1. Congressman Etheridge issued a statement on his attack of these kids:

"I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina , I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."
2. Turns out that the video which was originally posted on Youtube was actually removed by the people at Big Government, who actually created the edited video by combining the two full versions, because there was a typo. So it was Big Government and their sister site Breitbart.tv who originally broke this story. 3. For some odd reason some liberal bloggers are claiming that I am one of the students in the video. Not sure why they think that or why they never bothered to even attempt to ask me if its true. However, I can assure you that I am not in that video and have no connection with it other than writing about it. Trust me. If that was me being attacked in the video you would surely know. I would press charges if I were attacked like that.