Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Don't tread on my head.

In Lexington, KY, volunteer, Lauren Valle was assaulted by a Rand Paul worker.   Prior to the rally there was a crowd of people protesting, including Valle.  Paul's car pulled up, he got out and, someone wearing a 'Don't tread on me' button wrestled Lauren Valle to the ground.  A man later identified as Tim Prophet (Burbon county coordinator for the Paul campaign) walked up and stomped on her head.

During an interview with  Keith Olberman, Ms. Valle explained she had been working on a satirical project about a fictional company called Repulicorp, a conglomerate merger between corporate America and the Republican party.  As a part of the project she dresses as an executive, goes to Republican rallies and tries to have a piece of the fictional company somewhere in the same photo as the candidate. 
Prior to the incident Valle was identified by the campaign so they knew who she was and why she was there.  She said "It was premeditated.  Before it all started my partner heard someone say  'we are here to do crowd control and we may need to take someone out.' "  She told Keith that "after the car pulled up they formed a blockade around me."  She tried to go around them so they chased her around the car, grabbed her, pulled her down and someone stomped on her head. 

In the midst of the struggle you can hear a voice saying "get the police, get the cops!"  And when Mr. Prophet had his foot on her head someone else off camera can be heard saying 'No, no, no, no, come on.'  as if to tell Tim to stop.

When asked to comment on the issue, candidate Paul called the incident 'unfortunate'. He said he wanted everyone to be civil and that the campaign should be about the issues. "When we arrived we saw there was enormous passion on both sides."
Was that an apology?

Alleged head stompper, Tim Prophet was quoted as saying "it [wasn't] as bad as it looked . . . the video made it seem worse than it was."  Personally, I don't know about that.  Her body sunk when he pressed his foot down and her face seemed to scrape the sidewalk.

Lauren Valle went to the hospital and is perusing charges.   There has been a summons issued and a court date set.  Olberman pointed out it was ironic the man pulling her down appeared to be wearing a 'don't tread on me' button.

Head stomp video


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