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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.


    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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    What strikes me most about the entire incident is what sensitive flowers we have all become, seeking to 'rise above it all' and display our civility. Tut-tuting the 'over-reaction', without even a seconds thought that with very few exceptions, anywhere else in the world, this woman, acting like a juvenile jackass, in what almost everyone readily agrees is an aggressive and what could easily have been a prelude to an act of violence, was not holding her woe is me pity party from an intensive care unit – if she'd even been able to, because dead little pinheads can't whine for youtube. The foot on the shoulder wouldn't have been on the shoulder, it would have been bouncing her vapid little head off the curbstone, with quite a bit more vigor than we witnessed in this incident. And it probably would not have been alone. Certainly, she and her defenders are completely oblivious to this, or completely take it either for granted (or most likely into account) when they dream up their 'look at me' theater of the ridiculous. I find it unfortunate that the man who was suckered into being the object of ridicule in this entirely staged incident will actually face legal consequence in addition to the derision and mocking he and likely his family have or will endure from this stunt. And here's hoping she likes the jail time she's facing in Louisiana for being a jackass down there, too.

    Re: Young women, anti-Israel, causing a scene…

    …too bad Mr. Paul wasn't riding in a bulldozer.

    "no one can prove stomping."

    I took 2 frames from the video, the foot at its highest, and the foot at its lowest, and made a little mouse-over effect at (hover over and then off the image on the front page to reveal the effect). There are 4 frames removed in the middle, so this represents 6 frames, or 1/5 of a second. I had to shift the second image a bit to account for camera movement. Ideally, I would account for the slightly clockwise motion, as well as a bit of an orbit around the scene, but this is a least somewhat illustrative.

    It appears the foot moves about 8 to 10 inches, and Valle's head is definitely pushed down significantly during that time.

    I don't know. I guess it depends what your definition of "stomp" is.

    being restrained by a foot on the shoulder is not a 'stomping' and a shoulder is not a head.
    what will it take to put this characterization of the incident to rest ? a REAL head-stomping for comparison's sake ?

    millionsuns | October 28, 2010 at 10:20 am

    She did instigate the incident, and it looks like she wore a blonde wig, which is weird and cowardly, but this guy definitely put his foot on her neck/shoulder and stepped down violently on her while she was already restrained. Whether or not that should be considered stomping, it's excessive force. It's unncessary and inexcusable in any case, and it stemmed from anger and fear.

    This has been the narrative for this election year. A provocation, an inflammatory response caused by irrational fear, and a firestorm of controversy. This cycle has got to end.

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