August 7, 2009
St. Louis, Missouri
I am Kenneth Gladney's attorney. Kenneth was attacked on the evening of
August 6, 2009 at Rep. Russ Carnahan's town hall meeting in South St. Louis
County. I was at the town hall meeting as well and witnessed the events
leading up to the attack of Kenneth. Kenneth was approached by an SEIU
representative as Kenneth was handing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags to other
conservatives. The SEIU representative demanded to know why a black man was
handing out these flags. The SEIU member used a racial slur against Kenneth,
then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another SEIU
member yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him in the head and
back. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by one other male SEIU member and
an unidentified woman. The three men were clearly SEIU members, as they were
wearing T-shirts with the SEIU logo.
Kenneth was beaten badly. One assailant fled on foot; three others were
arrested. Kenneth was admitted to St. John's Mercy Medical Center emergency
room, where he was treated for his numerous injuries. Kenneth was merely
expressing his freedom of speech by handing out the flags. In fact, he
merely asked people as they exited the town hall meeting whether they would
like a flag. He in no way provoked any argument or altercation, as evidenced
by the fact that three assailants were arrested.
We hope that Kenneth fully recovers from his injuries; however, he is in
great pain at this time. We will be pursuing legal action at our discretion.
This was a truly senseless hate crime carried out by racist union thugs.
Regretfully, Representative Carnahan's statement this morning that implies Kenneth is to blame for being
a disruptive force is wholly untrue and slanderous. We would like to think
that an elected official in Representative Carnahan's position would gather
accurate information before carelessly rushing to judgment.
Kenneth supports conservative ideals, although he subscribes to no
particular political party. We are calling on the SEIU, Representative
Carnahan, and President Obama to condemn the racist actions of these union
thugs. In the days to come, we will be investigating whether these thugs are
working at the behest of Representative Carnahan and how strong their
alliances to various organizations--such as ACORN--may be.
We hope the St. Louis Tea Party and tea party organizations around the
country will protest Representative Carnahan's offices and also protest SEIU
offices in every major city across the U.S. These Democratic strong-arm
tactics must end now.
Attorney David B. Brown
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