Here’s a story that happened about 10 miles from where we live, but because we were flying into Washington, D.C. and then driving down to Quantico,VA to attend our son’s graduation from the Marine Corp’s Officer Candidate School, one that we followed on FOXNEWS in our motel room near the base.
St. Louis conservative radio talkers have been beating the drums for months because there didn’t seem to be any movement in the case, but KMOX radio reports that charges have now been filed.
This case was a shocking example of what happens when an administration and it’s enablers think they can ignore the will of the people. The utter disdain with which the Democratic Party treats it’s critics is something to behold.
Now the folks who allegedely got a little fiesty in the parking lot at St. Louis Community College got some ‘splainin’ to do.
Kevin Killeen Reporting
ST. LOUIS (KMOX Radio) – Three months after the punches were thrown, a prosecutor in St. Louis County has filed charges against six people in connection with fights outside a congressional forum on health care.
It happened outside a Russ Carnahan town hall meeting, on an August night when the national debate over health care reform was rising like a heat wave before a thunderstorm.
Members of the Service Employees International Union clashed with members of the Tea Party.
Now, St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington has issued a total of ten charges spread out among six people.
Reached by phone after she left the office for the Thanksgiving holiday, Redington spoke from memory in general terms about the case.
Among those charged, two accused of assault in connection with the beating of Tea Party activist Kenneth Gladney. Gladney had claimed that two men wearing SEIU shirts attacked him as he sat at a table giving away tea party buttons.
Redington could not immediately provide the names of those charged, and she said she did not know whether those charged are members of SEIU.
The charges are all St. Louis County ordinance violations, which are lesser charges than a misdemeanor. If convicted, the six people face up to a year in jail and a thousand dollars fine on each count, Redington said.
Redington was asked if she was pressured after recent publicity about the lack of charges to wrap up the case. “Nobody called me and I don’t know why that was perceived to be long,” Redington said. “We have about 90 thousand charges a year. We try to get charges written up within six to eight weeks of getting a report.”
So why did this case take three months?
“Most of our charges don’t involve dozens of police officers, multiple defendants and quite a few videos to review,” she said.
Kenneth Gladney is reacting with disappointment to the charges against those accused of beating him.
His brother Keith, who has been acting as his spokesman, told KMOX the charges “should have been more serious.” Keith Gladney also claims investigators failed to contact his brother Kenneth or interview the witnesses to his alleged beating during the three month investigation.
Redington confirms that among those charged is St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman, accused of interfering with police. Wagman had been working the story and shooting video when a dispute arose with police over where a reporter could be allowed to stand.
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