Charges Filed in Kenneth Gladney Beating Case (Update)

Kenneth GladneyTwo and a half months after 39-year-old Kenneth Gladney (right) was allegedly beaten in St. Louis by SEIU thugs outside Bernard Middle School, charges have finally been filed against six individuals, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The charges come 15 days after I asked the question, Why No Charges in Kenneth Gladney Beating Case? and mentioned the fact that the police report had already shown up at BigGovernment.com.

Notable among those charged by St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington is Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman.  Rather than being charged with assault, however, Wagman stands charged with failing to obey commands by police officers on the scene “to leave the site of an ongoing disturbance.”

Wagman is joined on the charge sheet by the following, according to the Post-Dispatch:

  • Elston McCowan, 47, of St. Louis, and Perry Molens, 50, of De Soto, were each charged with assault and interfering with police;
  • Javonne Spitz, 51, of O’Fallon, Mo., and Brian Matthews, 34, of Glendale, also were charged with interfering with an officer; and
  • Cheryl Johner, 55, of Arnold, was charged with assault and destruction of property.

I found it interesting how — predictably, I might add — several of the individuals listed above are quoted in the newspaper article as saying they are innocent.

More to come.

Hat tip:  Gateway Pundit

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UPDATE 11/30/09 at 5:45 p.m. Central: Incredible as it may seem, St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington reduced the charges to ordinance violations, according to a report by local radio station KMOX-AM 1120.

UPDATE #2 3/4/10 at 10:33 a.m. Central: Jim Hoft is reporting at Big Government is reporting that today, seven months after the incident, a court date has been set for April 23 at 7 a.m. Central.

ObamaCare Supporter Punches Man, 67, Over Sign He Carried at Anti-Socialism Rally Near St. Louis

A 67-year-old St. Charles County man taking part in an anti-socialism rally was punched in the face by an ObamaCare supporter who took offense at the sign he was carrying during a rally at the intersection of Highways K and N in O’Fallon, Mo., 30 miles west of St. Louis on I-70.

The video above provides background about events leading up to and immediately following the punch, including close-up video of yours truly being verbally threatened by a bald man, but does not show the punch itself.  A second video, which I expect to receive this evening, is said to show the most-accurate depiction of events from the moment the first punch was thrown.

The altercation took place at approximately 1:45 p.m. Central and involved a liberal 60-something, red-headed female who, according to Jay Harris, the conservative 67-year-old male involved, struck him with her fist after she became enraged over the sign he was carrying.  It’s message, “Forget the Tea Party, Get the Tar and Feathers,” alluded to the feelings many conservatives hold about many members of the Obama Administration and Congress. It’s also historic in that the practice of tarring and feathering people — including crooked politicians — dates back more than 200 years.

Apparently not a student of history, however, Harris’ female attacker interpreted the sign as being directed at her and the three-dozen other public option supporters who marched across the street from some 200 people opposed to ObamaCare, bailouts and other un-Constitutional approaches to governance by liberals now in the White House and on Capitol Hill.

After the woman punched Harris, he said he instinctively grabbed her and pulled her to the ground so as to keep from being struck again.

As soon as an O’Fallon police officer arrived at the scene, the pro-ObamaCare protesters — mostly union members — began hurling accusations and calling names at conservative ralliers.

A court date has been set for Dec. 7 in the O’Fallon Municipal Court.

To read other posts related to the rallies in O’Fallon, click here.

CORRECTION: I’ve been told the sign being carried by Harris was inaccurate, so I corrected it above.

UPDATE 10/31/09 at 8:55 p.m Central: Logistics prevented me from getting the second video this evening.  Will get it tomorrow afternoon and post soon after.

UPDATE 11/01/09 at 5:54 p.m Central: It turns out that a second video, shot by a bystander at the rally for the first time, captured the altercation from a different angle, but does not capture the actual punch thrown at Harris.  Watch it here.

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UPDATE: Though I’m not sure exactly when the case was resolved, I did learn the case never went to trial after both parties agreed not to pursue charges against the other.