Iraq War Veteran and Family Assaulted!

Updated 4/23 with First Hand Report

Updated 4/25 New Developments

Updated 4/29 ‘Peace’ Thugs to get Free Legal representation

Peace Fascists, College Professors and Hillary Supporters assault Iraqi War Veteran and Family while citizens do nothing to intervene.

Edinboro, PA, Apr. 22

For the second time in as many weeks, an Iraq War Veteran and his family held a Support the Troops rally across the street from the weekly “peace” protest in this college town. This week the true nature of the ‘peace’ activists was revealed for all to see. When the veteran’s 14 year old son crossed the street to videotape the protesters and their signs, the protesters became agitated and began harassing the boy. The right to record video in any public venue is long established in law and any attempt to interfere with that right is a violation of civil rights.

Seeing the escalating tension across the street, the veteran and his wife crossed over, leaving their three youngest children on the other side for safety while they went to retrieve their eldest son. Two of the female ‘peace’ protesters then attacked the veteran’s wife. When the veteran pulled one of those attackers off his wife he was jumped by four or five of the ‘peace’ people and knocked to the ground where they held him while beating him and smashing his eyeglasses.

The son pulled the remaining attacker off his mother, but the attacker managed to get in one last kick to his mother’s head with her boot. She then punched the son in his face while his mother called the police.

This all took place at a busy intersection, the mother had been knocked into the street in bumper to bumper traffic. People were visible in the windows of shops and a bar nearby. One might think someone would intervene to put a stop to the assault. One would be wrong. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the Kitty Genovese tragedy in New York, the bystanders and passers-by refused to stand up to the ‘peace’ thugs. Displaying a craven cowardice one would not have expected in middle America they would rather go on their way thankful that it was not them being assaulted. It was NOT them, today, but what about tomorrow?

When the police arrived they reviewed the video of the incident and then, astonishingly, refused to make any arrests, even when one of the ‘peace’ thugs spit in the face of on the 14 year old boy right in front of the police and they did nothing! Officers, that is an assault! I don’t know where or how they train police in Edinboro but they obviously need some refresher courses!

One of the police was very aggressive toward the veteran and his family as if they were the attackers!

I think it is long past time for the people in this country to wake up to the violence of the ‘peace’ movement. I think it is long past time for them to realize that not standing up to the excesses of violence will only beget more violence.

Last Fourth of July, in New Jersey, one of these ‘peace’ people walked up to a young veteran of the War in Iraq and Afghanistan and shot him in the heart just because he was in the military. Last month another person or persons unknown detonated an improvised explosive device at the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square. Today a veteran and his family were assaulted in plain daylight on a public street in view of dozens of people and not one lifted a hand to help. This is not the America I grew up in. This is the Amerika the ‘peace’ crowd is bringing to your town and neighborhood.

Dan Maloney
NY State Coordinator
Gathering of Eagles

Updated 4/23/2008 After Action Report on Assault

After-Action Report Edinboro “Tuesday’s at Two” Counter-Protest:

On April 22nd several members of the Northwest Pa. Gathering of Eagles gathered in Edinboro, Pa to counter-protest an anti-war demonstration staged by some students from Edinboro University, their professors and a few unidentified and hygienically challenged others. Initially the operation was quite innocuous with a few spirited verbal exchanges between the two sides. We were positioned across the street receiving many honks and thumbs up from passersby.

Andrew, our 14-year-old son, crossed the street to videotape the “toy-soldier” displays setup by the peace crowd. These displays consisted of many small plastic soldiers glued to a child’s sled, can’t explain that one, and a footlocker with toy soldiers, middle finger pictures and a map of Iraq. Two females began harassing Andrew as they shoved signs in his face and threatened to sue him for videotaping. Carrie and I (Jason) crossed the street to ensure Andrew wasn’t hurt and to explain to the “students” that his videotaping was well within the law. The professors standing with the students goaded the entire thing on, failing to explain to the students that they were wrong and out of line. It wasn’t long before one of the peace protesters grabbed the sign out of my hand and threw it into the street. As I attempted to retrieve it she got up into my face. Carrie stepped between us so that I would not have to defend myself to a female. The girl and her sister then stepped into Carrie’s face and swung at her. I subdued one of the girls as the other girl beat Carrie down in the middle of the street, pulled her to the ground by her hair and kicked her in the head…it should be noted the aggressor was wearing boots. Carrie is still wearing her inflatable cast which makes it easy for her to lose her balance. Andrew pulled the girl off of Carrie and she was able to get up. I was on the ground holding onto the other girl until several men attacked me, holding me while one of them hit me in the head from behind. I was telling them I was only holding her so that she wouldn’t attack my wife again. I let go of her due to the punches and was eventually able to get up. During this exchange, my glasses were knocked to the ground and smashed in the street. At this time, Andrew was just videotaping when one of the two girls attacked him unprovoked landing a hard right on the side of his face. I was able to pull her back preventing any further attacks. I had to keep the two girls from attacking Carrie again as they we trying to.

We are so very proud of Andrew. He maintained a very mature and level-head throughout the entire event. He told us he had wanted to “do” more but due to his Tae Kwon Do training, he knows to do the least amount possible to defuse the situation and thus chose only to pull the girl off of his mom. Andrew is learning a lot from these people and understands what is at stake.

The Edinboro Police were called, two officers responded. One of the officers spoke with Carrie and me first, noting our side of things. The other officer was quite agitated and was very aggressive toward us. He said nothing to the members of the peace crowd as they shouted at me but when I said something back the officer bowed up on me, got in my face and threatened to arrest me. I sat down on the curb with Carrie until the questioning process was through. As I was there the one girl came back across the street as she had been directed by the police and spit directly at me, some hitting my leg. The officer ignored it and actually was angry with us for letting it bother us. He made the girl go back across the street with no threat of arrest!!! Andrew played the videotape for the officer and he made the decision that no one should be arrested. We pointed out that it was clearly visible we had not thrown the first blows and that we were clearly antagonized to do so. Also, we asked why, when it was clear a minor was blatantly assaulted, the girl who punched Andrew was not arrested. He really did not explain that one.

Jeff Kays, a fellow member of GOE who was present, went to the police station with me so that I could inquire about the assault on Andrew. The aggressive officer who had threatened to arrest me was the only one there. He was very agitated that I came there and told me that I should be arrested for hitting a girl, which I clearly did not do. After asking why the girl wasn’t arrested he busted out of the door, got into my face and said that I was pushing it and that I had better stop or he was cuffing me. I asked the officer if I could leave, so as not to disrespect him, and he said yes. I left the station. Jeff stayed behind and spoke with the officer. Jeff said that he sat down in a chair so as to demonstrate compliance and asked the officer a few questions. The officer then relaxed a little and told Jeff that the video will have to be reviewed and the DA consulted before a decision would be made how to proceed. Now, wasn’t that easy?

While we are all a little sore, we are in pretty good spirits. We are seeking legal representation and will report back soon as to the progress of the case. Carrie has retrieved the video from the police station and is working on getting it posted. The police told her today that this is “simple assault” which does not warrant anyone being arrested. He explained a weapon would have had to been present to warrant aggravated assault or the intent to seriously harm or kill…even on a minor. He explained that they could have crossed the street, punched my 7-year-old and not have been arrested! Carrie then asked, “isn’t a kick to the head an attempt to seriously harm”, he replied that he did not see that so it doesn’t matter. Carrie told him that our daughter Anna saw the kick but he said that was not admissible evidence. Our video clearly depicts the kick. You can see the girls boot fly up into the screen over where Carrie was lying. It should be noted there was an individual on their side that was videotaping. The police did not confiscate her video, which is somewhat curious. She did tell the police that she had videotaped the entire event. I wonder if she will come forward with her video due to the fact that it clearly will not make things any better for them.

Updated 4/23/2008 New Developments

First Item. Release of the video will be delayed probably until after the weekend. Fox has asked for an exclusive on the story and it looks like they will be the first to air it. It may be worthwhile to watch Bill O’Reilly’s show on Tuesday.

Second Item. The second video has been obtained by the local police and I understand that it appears to prove out my speculation that from the second angle the actions of the ‘peace’ thugs are more visible. We sort of talked about the good cop/bad cop scenario of the two officers responding. It turns out the bad cop knew of that recording but kept it to himself. When the good cop discovered it by reviewing the original video he sought out the other and retrieved a copy as evidence.

Third Item. At least four of the individuals have been identified. I will not post names, but two of the men are assistant professors at Edinboro University. In addition the two sisters have been identified. That would be the woman in white and the woman in green.

Fourth Item. I had a long discussion with the Borough Manager today and am convinced that he will see that the law is enforced objectively. There will be a meeting Monday with the District Attorney and the Chief of Police where the video evidence will be reviewed.

Updated 4/29/2008 ‘Peace’ Thugs to get FREE legal representation

The ‘peace’ thugs of northwestern Pennsylvania have been alleged to be encouraged and emboldened by recent statements by former VVAW, now VFP honco, Sandy Kelson.  Our folks on the ground relay the following:

“By the way, we were put on notice on Sat. while we were standing out in Meadville that word is that the recruiters and people standing in support of the troops in the area are “fair game because the attackers will be given free representation for any altercations that may occur…” , more than likely Sandy Kelson (VFP) will be representing them.  We have always known to watch our back, but this is the 1st time we were told that the “peace thugs” would have free representation.  Nice, huh?!!!”

No, Not nice, Just another bit of evidence as to their ‘thug’ status.

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  1. rochester_veteran

    …and it happens again, the supposed “peace loving” moonbats resorting to violence against a person video taping their antics! If you recall, Dan, Skye, from the Midnight Blue Blog, was assaulted by a “Peace” protestor while vdeo taping the proceedings, in West Chester, PA, back in March:

    http://midnightbluesays.blogspot.com/2008/03/multimedia-message_4285.html

    So this is the MO of the moonbats, to assault women, children and Iraq War Vets, slapping them, spitting on them, kicking them… sounds like the moonbats during the Vietnam War, doesn’t it?

    This only strengthens my resolve to stand against the insurgency within!

    rochester_veteran

    (I linked your article from RC, if you get pictures, please let me know)

  2. Did the family get the name and badge number of the responding officer? Sounds like the Edinboro P.D. needs to held to task for the inaction of the responding officers. Sounds like Edinboro is a small college borough. Contact information can be found here: http://www.edinboro.net/contact.html. Contact the police department about this incident and BE NICE! You won’t get any response if you come across like a Harridan from Code Pink.

  3. rochester_veteran

    My son’s best friend has been accepted at Edinboro State and will be playing football there. They did visit the campus, but I don’t know how much time they spent in town. After reading this, I hope my son’s friend is not decending into a den of lefty vipers! He’s from a Conservative, Evangelical Christian family.

  4. Here’s a heads up.
    The video is not yet publicly available.
    It is being reviewed for various reasons but should be available later today.
    I have seen it.

    Considering that it was done by a fourteen year old young man, who is witnessing his parents being attacked, it is an amazing production. The video only has one serious gap when the young man pulls an attacker off his mother, but resumes in time to catch the attacker throwing a kick at his mother’s head.

    It shows the veteran on the ground being choked by a moonbat using the collar of the veteran’s t-shirt as a garrot. The veteran’s eyeglasses and hat are missing so it is obvious that violent action occurred during the gap in filming.

    It clearly shows the hostility of the ‘peace’ thugs, particularly the female who is the primary agitator and agent provocateur.

    It clearly shows her initiate the actions that led to the brawl.
    It clearly shows her assault the cameraman.
    And it ends with her final comment “You got what you wanted you f_cks!”.

    As soon as the ok is given I will post a link.
    Dan

  5. etgwynn

    one should NEVER take part in anything without a pocket tape recorder. the visit to the cop shop should have been recorded. the interaction with the police at the scene should have been recorded.
    this extends to traffic stops and any interaction with police or other even remotely possible adversarial contact.
    always check local laws about one party recording and if not legal then inform the other that they are being recorded.
    and always ask : Am I free to go?

  6. timothy

    I hope someone will make public the names of the protesting professors who incited and witnessed this mini riot. They have an obligation, with respect to their students, that extends beyond their narrow political interests. Of course, they also have an obligation not to incite rioting–the idiots.

    I hope that you guys will put a lot of pressure on Edinboro University–especially if the attackers were students, they should be expelled.

  7. timothy

    Oh, meant to add this,

    It would be a good idea, once the professors and students are identified, for someone to contact the Council of Trustees at Edinboro U.

    http://cms.edinboro.edu/about_eup/trustees.dot

    Ask them how the actions of their professors and students on that day, is helping them to fulfill their Mission Statement:

    “The mission of Edinboro University is to create and share knowledge by providing access to education and learning experiences for the academic, cultural and personal growth of the students and the larger community we serve.”

    …with an emphasis on the last phrase in that sentence.

    Finally, to the family that got attacked, I just want to say that I hope my boys grow up to have the courage your 14-year-old clearly does.

  8. AngelHeart

    So…any word on the video?

  9. Still waiting on the go ahead.
    But probably not until tomorrow at this rate.
    As soon as I get the ok I will link it.
    Dan

  10. AngelHeart

    Thanks Dan,
    You rock! 😉

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