Thursday, November 26, 2009

County Counselor Patricia Redington insisted it had nothing to do with politics,

influence or pressure from any official.

“These charges are like the 90,000 other charges we file each year,” she said
Uh huh. Which is why it only took 90 frikkin' days for them to get around to it? And on the day before Thanksgiving?(can you say "Maybe they'll forget all this by Monday?")

And all misdemeanors, of course. AND they charge the reporter because ...he failed to obey repeated commands “to leave the site of an ongoing disturbance.” Which, considering the state of Missouri authorities like Patricia Redington, probably means "You kept filming and that didn't allow us to ignore this, so we're going to make trouble for you!"

And the paper either didn't get the story right, or deliberately published some bad info:
The paper incorrectly identifies Gladney:
Elston McCowan, 47, of St. Louis, and Perry Molens, 50, of De Soto, each were charged with assaulting a person and interfering with police. They are accused of scuffling with and injuring Kenneth Gladney, a demonstrator with the Tea Party, a group generally opposed to Democrats’ universal health care proposals.

No – good grief, he was a VENDOR. He was SELLING MERCH AND GIVING AWAY FLAGS. Is this an attempt to invalidate the offense caused him by identifying him as part of a movement that the state media has ridiculed since spring or is this an honest, incompetent error?

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