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Michelle Malkin claims to have video of this incident. I couldn’t find it anywhere on either of her web sites. I wonder why.
Via Crooks and Liars:
Here are photos of members of “Gathering of Eagles” who assaulted gold star father Carlos Arredondo in broad daylight in Washington, D.C., on September 15, 2007, throwing him to the ground and kicking him.
Account of what happened from Arredondo’s wife By Mélida Arredondo:
Carlos Arredondo, 47 year old father of two sons, arrived in the nation’s capitol on Monday, 09/10/07 to share a memorial he has made to honor for his eldest son, Alex. Carlos has visited thirty of the United States with the traveling memorial to his son Alexander. Lcpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, USMC was killed on 08/25/04. He was 20 years and 20 days old. The memorial consists of a casket, poster- size photographs of Alex when he graduated from boot camp, before his second tour in Iraq, lying in state at his wake, and a photo of Alex with his younger brother Brian.
Saturday, September 15, 2007 consisted of first a rally, a march towards the capitol and then a die-in. Carlos pulled the memorial along the march route approaching the rotunda near the capitol building. Several of the marchers requested for him to speak about the memorial where a crowd gathered around him. After finishing, several people walked with Carlos as he pulled the memorial. Several pictures of Alex dressed in his blues were attached to the display.
As Carlos passed counter protesters, one man ripped a picture of Alex from the memorial. Carlos leaped on the man to retrieve the picture. It was at that point that approximately five others all began to attack Carlos by kicking him in the head, legs, stomach and back.
It’s hard to make out what’s happening from the photos linked in the story.
But as I mentioned before, Michelle Malkin claims to have video of the incident. Here’s what she had to say about it as she live-blogged the protest on Sept. 15:
Across from Taft Park, some anti-American demonstrators waving a large, upside-down American flag and pulling a coffin with Army boots got in a scuffle with Eagles. We’ll have that video of that as well.
So where’s the video? If it’s already been posted and I missed it somehow, someone please send me a link. If it hasn’t been posted, Malkin should do so ASAP. If the incident did not occur as Arredondo’s wife recounts it, then the video should exhonerate the Eagles. If, on the other hand, Arredondo’s account is accurate, Michelle Malkin should do the right thing and release the video and publicly condemn the actions of the men who beat and kicked this Gold Star father.
Update- Emailer Brad sends some video links.
This first one shows the tail end of the incident. It’s difficult to see what’s going on during the altercation, but later in the video you can see the police wrestling Arredondo to the ground for what looks like no apparent reason:
In the second video, Chris Hill, “national director of operations” for GoE, speaks to the crowd.
Mr. Hill is clearly one of the Eagles in this photograph taken immediately after Carlos Arredondo’s alleged beating. Same hat. Same T-shirt. Same sunglasses. Obviously the same guy. Did Chris Hill take part in the alleged assault?
If you know of any other online video of the incident, please send me a link or leave in comments.