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    New Video Exposes The False Narrative of the “Stomping” Victim

    New Video Exposes The False Narrative of the “Stomping” Victim

    I will not repeat all the facts in my prior posts, you are familiar by now with the scenario.  Let’s just say my instincts were right on this one.

    As I suspected, provocateur Lauren Valle was not so innocent.

    In an amazing videotape obtained by Redstate, Valle is shown rushing Rand Paul’s car and shoving something into the window before it had come to a stop and again charging him as he exited the vehicle — clearly provocative and threatening actions which should have alerted bystanders that she posed a danger.

    This completely debunks the left-blogosphere’s narrative that Valle was an innocent bystander who just happened to speak out against Paul when she was attacked by “Brownshirts.”

    Valle’s deliberately provocative and hostile actions led to her being pulled away from Paul.  This does not excuse the foot to the shoulders after the fact, but it does explain how the scuffle developed, contrary to the over-the-top narrative.

    My instincts also tell me also that the criminal charges against the “stomper” will not stick because he will claim (as he has) that he viewed Valle as a threat to Paul, and that he was trying to keep her down until the police could arrive.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiLeud-sxrM?fs=1]

    Update: The scenario is crystal clear in this video.  Valle charges the car for the first time (at 0:25) and pushes something into the open front passenger window where Paul was seated, she was then pulled back by security, she circled around the rear of the vehicle and approached from the front as Paul was exiting the car, ran towards him again and was pulled away again (0:55).  It is that second charge by her that led to her either tripping or being pulled to the ground, and the now famous foot to the upper back and shoulder to push her back down when she tried to get up.

    We have seen these provocateurs before in the environmental and other left-wing movements and particularly in the anti-Israel movement.  They are often young women who are ideologically driven to create a scene for the cameras.  Unfortunately, these stunts sometimes create unintended consequences in a highly charged circumstance, as happened here.

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    It was the notorious Kung Fu Dragon foot hold.

    Instant death if not done properly. The "lady" got off lightly.

    WV: prenark – That you Cat Lover?

    The crowd was shouting "Rand Paul" trying to drown out the demonstrators who were shouting (as I recall from the video) "We back Jack", Paul's opponent in the election.

    Just to toot my own horn, I'm pretty sure I'm the first person to call it pretty darn close to right (from Althouse's first post yesterday morning):

    tim maguire said…

    …But I'd like to see the altercation from the beginning. I can't help but notice she's got Rand Paul placards under her arm. Did she bring them as camouflage? Or did she tear them from attendees who struck back in self-defense? Notice, those are male voices shouting for the police–and therefore not the "victim".

    It's a fair question. Somebody should be arrested, but this video does not make it absolutely clear who.

    10/26/10 11:02 AM

    Professor,

    They aren't interested in the truth or principle. if they were, they would notice that two women were assaulted that night, one from each side of the debate. I take on the hypocrisy of it all, here: http://patterico.com/2010/10/27/political-violence-is-an-indictment-against-the-cause-that-motivates-it-except-when-we-do-it/

    It is that second charge by her that led to her either tripping or being pulled to the ground, and the now famous foot to the upper back and shoulder to push her back down when she tried to get up.

    I'll buy that the woman instigated the incident and shares a large degree of the blame. And I'll buy that she was tripped as much as pulled to the ground. I don't buy the line that the guy pushed her back down as she tried to get up. She was down, all the way down, and she wasn't getting up. The guy had separation from her and was in a position to see this. There was no need for him to do anything at that point and it looks like he just took a free shot at her, one that caught her head twice to my eye and, given her position on the curb, she could have been hurt. I might share his politics, but I can't excuse that. He crossed the line and should be held accountable.


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