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Don’t tread on Ken: charges finally laid in Gladney beating by union thugs

November 26, 2009

As we reported here in August:

…police had arrested multiple uniformed Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members for assaulting Kenneth Gladney in St. Louis. (The SEIU is an integral component of Health Care for America Now, the Soros-funded coterie pushing for the government health care takeover.) One of the accused in Gladney’s attack justified himself by saying, “He attacked America!” Ironically, he claimed Gladney had attacked America while handing out flags bearing the inscription, “Don’t Tread on Me,” the slogan of the American Revolution. (…) Media reports indicate that a black SEIU member arrested in the assault called Gladney, who is also black, a racial slur, indicating he does not see his opponent as an authentic member of his own race.

Three months later, charges have finally been laid in connection with that politically motivated assault — not that everyone agrees with that description:

Six people [including a local reporter] arrested in August outside a raucous town hall meeting in south St. Louis County have been charged with misdemeanor ordinance violations. (…)

The maximum penalty upon conviction would be one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Some bloggers have been writing for months about the lag between the arrests at the politically-charged event and the filing of charges.

County Counselor Patricia Redington insisted it had nothing to do with politics, influence or pressure from any official.

“These charges are like the 90,000 other charges we file each year,” she said.

John Hinderacker muses:

It occurs to me that if these union thugs had been Navy SEALS apprehending a terrorist mass murderer of Americans, rather than agents of the Democratic Party trying to suppress expression of a political view with which the Democratic Party disagrees, they would have been treated far more harshly.

Meanwhile, Media Matters — forced to abandon its “black man must have beat himself up or something” talking points — and is now pitifully pushing the truly embarrassing argument that “it’s not a hate crime because no specific hate crime charges were laid.” Yeah, and Pol Pot didn’t wear an “I’M A GENOCIDAL DICTATOR” t-shirt, either, so don’t call him one.

It’s that cocktail of pharisaical legalism and Rain Man literal mindedness that helps radical lefties make friends wherever they go:

  1. Paul permalink
    November 26, 2009 11:47 am

    This is one of the biggest reasons why Unions have just gained way to much power. When they can spend 60 million dollars as it was chump change to elect someone and where they have so much say in every decision, they have stepped their bounds and have gotten way to much power. And with a Billionaire like George Soros, he would spend every cent he has to keep this and many others alive, even if the worst of the worst scandals ever did happened.

  2. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 26, 2009 3:11 pm

    This saga has similarities to the war in Afganistan, many meetings and diddling before action is finally taken.

    Of course, now that this has national attention, the ACLU isn’t going to pass up a chance to get some publicity out of this. I wonder which side they will support?

  3. Revnant Dream permalink
    November 27, 2009 1:25 am

    Yeah, and Pol Pot didn’t wear an “I’M A GENOCIDAL DICTATOR” t-shirt, either, so don’t call him one.

    Good line Kathy lol !

  4. shane comeback permalink
    November 27, 2009 7:14 am

    SEIU is also the union for paras,custodians,officeworkers techs,and lunch ladies in Minnesota schools,at least in my district. If you opt out, they still get to confiscate 90% of your dues out of your bi-weekly paychecks.

  5. LYKOS permalink
    November 28, 2009 5:15 am

    Don’t buy UNION. Don’t hire UNION. I know you have to since, if you drive an American made car, but other than that be selective. Shop wisely. While you’re at it don’t shop or do business with Muslims. I don’t.

  6. LYKOS permalink
    November 28, 2009 5:23 am

    By the way. Find way to earn “CASH” money. Trade in “CASH”. Do as much business “off the books” as you can. Remember the U.S. government is one big union. It not hard if you think about it. Change the way you do your business and you can become free. I’m sorry if this might offend some people that are addicted to their credit cards and check books. I was once, but after you take steps to cut the ties you will find a lot of stress cut out too. Cash is still king even devalued cash.

  7. alan g permalink
    December 4, 2009 7:34 pm

    It is about freaking time that something was done to prosecute those SEIU idiots.


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