You may have heard the story of a certain protester by the name of German Talis attacking a wheelchair-bound woman with cerebral palsy at a children’s book signing event involving Laura and Jenna Bush who recently co-authored a children’s book. I first saw the story up on Glenn Beck’s website and was appalled by what I read, but doubtful also. This German Talis guy had screamed obscentities at the Bushes and when a man by the name of John Lovetro told him to shutup, German started attacking the man’s wheelchair-bound daughter. At least that is the story the New York Post wants everyone to believe. As I researched the event, I found that the truth is very different from what the Post reported.
First of all, I have to say that I am not a financial supporter of We Are Change. I do; however, support their right to demonstrate and am proud of their record of being non-violent and am proud of their support of the 9/11 first responders who have been quietly dying off without any news coverage or government help. When it comes to the facts around 9/11, I am not so sure where I stand. I do believe that some in the government did know that this attack was coming and allowed it to happen. The same was proven to be the truth with Pearl Harbor. As to whether bombs brought down the buildings, I remain unconvinced except in regards to WTC Building 7 which definately appeared to be a controlled demolition. I do remember wondering why the twin towers fell straight down rather than toppling over, but it probably has something to do with physics that I don’t understand. There are enough questions in my mind and distrust of the government to leave me open though.
German Talis’ real name is Gary and that is what I will be using through the rest of this post. Gary is a young, thin guy and very unintimidating. We Are Change decided to protest at this book signing event in New Jersey since there would be press coverage. They were instructed to stand far away from where the Bushes would be walking out of the store and that is why Gary was yelling. According to him and several eyewitnesses no obscentities were used. I watched the tape myself up to the point when the camera was broken and indeed I only heard Gary shouting something about President Bush being responsible for 9/11. The crowd turned hostile towards Gary. Gary decided to leave the area since it was getting heated and John Lovetro started following Gary as he pushed his daughter’s wheelchair in front of him. He then rammed Gary in the back of the legs and pinned him into a corner where he began pummeling Gary. Both an eyewitness and John’s wife starting yelling for John to stop and made attemts to pull him off of Gary. The police arrested only Gary and found the daughter to be unscathed, although she was crying over the incident. If she had been repeatedly punched in the back (I’m not sure how that happened since she was in a wheelchair.) I believe there would have been some bruising or at least redness. One of the eyewitnesses named Diane followed Gary to the NYPD and found John just standing in the lobby having not been arrested or handcuffed although he was the instigater and assaulter. She waited two hours to give the police a statement which they would not take.
It is a sad day when someone exercising their free speech is physically attacked. Activists can drive me crazy too, but we all have our rights, particularly if we are being peaceful. Believe me Code Pink makes me nuts, but I would never hit any of them – it might knock what little brain cells they have left out. The truly sad thing though is how untruthful the report of this incident has been and that the media just ran with it. Just the fact that a handicapped woman was supposedly the victim made me question the story because that seemed too low. And I knew that We Are Change’s tactics usually involve holding up signs at public venues. I wish that the supposed conservative press would have taken a step back and done some research. Of course, they would rather have We Are Change just shutup.
Message to We Are Change – Keep exercising your right to free speech!