You may have already seen this disturbing video– a clip of a young woman protestor from Moveon.org being stomped on at a Rand Paul rally in Kentucky.
Any cop will tell you that crowd violence is usually the work of young males brimming with testosterone. But the attackers in this mini-riot are clearly middle-aged men. Which is somehow more disturbing:
A follow-up from the Lexington Herald-Leader:
A supporter of Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul is being served with a criminal summons after he was seen on video stepping on a liberal activist’s head at a rally Monday night, according to Lexington police.
Tim Profitt, a volunteer with Paul’s campaign, told the Herald-Leader he was concerned the woman was trying to attack Paul and acted only to subdue her.
“The way she went after him it looked like something bad was getting ready to happen,” said Profitt, 53, of Bourbon County.
He said he put his foot on her shoulder, not her head. “I said, ‘Now you stay down,’ and called for police. The only thing we were trying to do was subdue her.”
He criticized police for not taking action after other supporters warned authorities about the activist.
Profitt will be ordered to appear before a Fayette County District Court Judge, police said.
Paul has cut ties with Profitt. Paul had been criticized earlier in the day for not denouncing the attack strongly enough, but a later statement said Paul is “extremely disappointed in, and condemns” the actions of what it called a supporter.
“The Paul campaign has disassociated itself from the volunteer who took part in this incident, and once again urges all activists — on both sides — to remember that their political passions should never manifest themselves in physical altercations of any kind,” the statement said.
The incident happened as Paul arrived at the Kentucky Educational Television studio on Cooper Drive in Lexington for a debate with Attorney General Jack Conway, his Democratic opponent.
Lauren Lizabeth Valle, 23, an activist with MoveOn.org, tried to get close to Paul to give him a fake award portraying him as a tool of big business, as the group has done elsewhere.
However, at least two men in the crowd grabbed her and pushed her down. Profitt put his foot on her shoulder and shoved down forcefully on her neck and head.