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

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.

Why No Charges in Kenneth Gladney Beating Case?

Kenneth GladneyYesterday, I reported that the Kenneth Gladney beating case remains in limbo more than three months after the 39-year-old black conservative (right) was allegedly beaten by Service Employees International Union thugs outside Bernard Middle School, the site of a South St. Louis County health care town hall meeting hosted by ultra-liberal Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.).

In researching the case further since then, I came across an Aug. 12 brief published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Notable in the brief was the paragraph below:

Police plan to meet with the county counselor’s office later this week to present the cases related to the six arrests. The counselor’s office can file misdemeanor charges, decline to file charges or forward cases on to the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office for review of possible felony charges.

Almost a month after the above-described meeting was supposed to take place, charges have still not been filed, prompting many to ask, “Why?”  After all, the police report has already shown up at

Inquiring minds want to know.

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SEE ALSO: St. Louis Protects Its Own: A DA Turns a Blind-Eye on the Gladney Beating