Updates — The other man in the Kentucky stomping episode told Kentucky CBS affiliate WKYT that he didn’t approve of the stomp. “Another man involved in the altercation, Mike Pezzano, who held down Ms. Valle, tells NEWSFIRST he doesn’t condone Profitt’s actions.”
Profitt has another excuse — he had to stomp Lauren Valle because he has a bad back and can’t bend over. So what would he have done if he could have bent over? Punch her instead? She was already on the ground and being held down by Pezzano, and not resisting, so exactly what did he think still needed to be done?
Get this: “And when asked if he would apologize to Valle. ‘I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you,’ Profitt said.”
Also according to WKYT, “Lauren Valle has been released from the hospital and is recovering from injuries including a concussion and a sprained shoulder and arm.”
At Hateway Jim’s site, a commenter who claims he was there has an eyewitness account that sounds plausible to me.
I was at the rally from the start with my 19 year son. … We were only a few feet & got a good view of the events that happened. We saw everything that happened. I have to say this but the headline & story posted here is not correct & to be honest is… not telling the truth. … Iâ€™m sorry but she did not go after Mr Paul, she was in front closest to the curb where Mr Paulâ€™s suv would park. She was pushed towards the back by two large men. A few people noticed that. I guess because some people called her a hippie & an agent. But we didnâ€™t notice that or cared, one older lady said â€œHey young man thatâ€™s not how you treat a young womanâ€ Paulâ€™s suv pulled up she then started to walk around to suv like others were doing for a better view. At that point someone yelled out â€œSheâ€™s going after Paul!â€ Another women assumed they meant her and she moved away. The same two men moved towards the young lady, at that point another woman yelled: â€œLeave her alone!â€, thatâ€™s when she ran & looked very scared. My son was about to moved towards one of the men & thatâ€™s when the cameraâ€™s pick up the action. I grabbed him just in time we were right behind the camera man. After the event a good amount of people wanted the police to arrest both men & a few other people.
With the caveat that there’s no way to know if the guy was really there or not — It’s worth going to the link to read the whole comment (it’s #102). He is stunned at how the incident is being reported on Faux News and sounds like a disillusioned man. Not that the rest of the Hateway crowd cared; they are still convinced that Valle just got what was coming to her.
The Right is trying to paint Valle as a dangerous radical who has been arrested for her actions in the past. According to media reports, her most notorious prior acts were “defacing” a drilling boat after the Deepwater Horizon spill and unfurling a “Free Tibet” banner in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. She doesn’t have a history of violent activism, in other words.
In the drilling boat incident, she and some others working for Greenpeace painted anti-Actic drilling messages addressed to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on some boat. Hardly a violent act, but the boat was private property so the group was afoul of the law.
And as for the Free Tibet sign — you go girl.
Valle says she never got a chance to get close to Paul because the Paul crew blocked her even as the candidate got out of his car. She believes they had identified her as a Moveon.org worker and “targeted” her. From what I’ve seen of the videos it does appear the Paul guys already had her surrounded and were manhandling her even as Paul got out of the car.
Updates — there was some question about whether Valle was groped as she was being shoved around. From these photographs, it appears possible.
See also Scott Lemieux’s review of wingnut excuses for the stomp.