Nearly 2 Years After Beating – Kenneth Gladney Case Goes to Trial Tomorrow

After a health care town hall meeting in August 2009 St. Louis native Kenneth Gladney was beaten, kicked and called racist names by Rep. Russ Carnahan’s SEIU supporters. Gladney was beaten so badly that he was hospitalized for the night.

Gladney, a cancer survivor, was selected by the Carnahan supporters for the beatdown because he was handing out “Don’t Tread On Me” flags and because he was black.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported at the time:

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

The national media and NAACP ignored the hate crime.
Gladney didn’t fit the mold.

Kenneth Gladney was beaten by several SEIU thugs in the parking lot. He was working outside the town hall event selling flags and buttons when he was attacked.

Although he was too weak to speak after his public beating, Kenneth Gladney attended the protest against SEIU violence following his beatdown in St. Louis.

In April 2010 the SEIU thugs seen pummeling Kenneth Gladney in the video pleaded not guilty.

The trial is set for tomorrow.
CBS Local reported:

Twenty-months after he claims he was beaten by two union activists, while he tried to sell conservative buttons outside a Congressman Russ Carnahan town hall forum on health care reform, Kenneth Gladney now has a court date.

The case against two Service Employees International Union members accused of attacking Gladney is scheduled for July 11th, according to St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Reddington.

SEIU members Elston McCowan and Perry Molens are charged with misdemeanor assault . Both men pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial.

Earlier, Gladney had complained that the delay in scheduling a trial was “political” and he pointed the blame at Reddington and fellow Democrat, County Executive Charlie Dooley.

Reddington countered that the delay was caused soley by the defendant’s request for a jury trial. Her municipal court system has no jurors, so she had to work with he state courts to set up a court room and a jury, Reddington said.

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  • ruready?

    Not guilty, huh? Never did care much for a man that would throw a rock and hide his hand.

  • FurryGuyJeans

    I gather Mr. Gladney is not one of Eric Holder’s people. He certainly won’t receive any justice from this administration.

  • rampart ranger

    At last! A trial neither CNN nor Greta will care about!!

  • Tom Kubiak

    STL is a corrupt democrat city. Any bets on a hung jury?

  • FurryGuyJeans

    #4 July 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm
    Tom Kubiak commented:

    STL is a corrupt democrat city. Any bets on a hung jury?

    I’m even more cynical than you, I say acquittal in less than two hours since the defendants are SEIU.

  • lol

    i hope justice is served to the 2 animals that beat mr. gladney. god bless him. the main stream media will ignore this case, it doesn’t fit their socialist utopian agenda.

  • Meep

    “Her municipal court system has no jurors…”

    Huh? Never had to prosecute a misdemeanor assault before? What do they usually do, have the bailiff wack his pee-pee?

  • Thanks for sticking with this story. I hope the SEIU thugs get swift justice.

  • Nelle

    Typical Post-Dispatch coverage. Gladney wasn’t a “conservative activist”. He just went there to sell some flags.

  • czekmark

    2 years to sequestor a jury?? For sure the court was stonewalling hoping that the case would be dropped.

  • Conservative Ken

    This case will be tried in the County. Dooley territory if I am not mistaken. I am really praying that Kenneth gets justice.

  • Bill

    I’ll be shocked if this doesn’t end in a hung jury. There’ll be plenty of union sympathizers itching to get on that jury panel and it will only take one to screw things up. If nothing else, at least it’ll get people riled up and remind them what we’re up against.

  • Terry in GA

    Kenneth is a very nice person. I met him while he was traveling on a tea party bus trip, and I even got his autograph on one of my anti-union bully signs. Keep us up on it, Jim.

    God Bless you, Kenneth.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    A politically-motivated beating with racial slurs…

    …is a misdemeanor??!

    God help us.

  • Scott

    Typical Post-Dispatch coverage. Gladney wasn’t a “conservative activist”. He just went there to sell some flags.

    Way to focus on a red herring, Nelle. Does it matter whether he was there to protest, sell flags, or just walking down the block? No. What matters is the Union Members saw him and believed he was one of the “conservative activists” and that was what inspired the beating of Ken.

  • Multitude

    As I understand Obama and Holder’s America (as it is effectually defined), discrimination can only occur if:

    1. the targeted party is is not white;
    2. the targeted party has never affiliated with the tea party;
    3. the targeted party has never voted Republican;
    4. the targeted party receives most or all of its income from Federal Government social benefit programs;
    5. the targeted party is not male;
    6. the targeted party has never expressed positions critical of President Obama;
    7. the targeted party does not laugh out loud when listening to anything Joe Biden says;
    8. the targeted party does not think independently;
    9. the targeted party is not a Supreme Court justice;
    10. the targeted party has signed releases with the DNC to permit their exploitation in Media Matters campaigns, appropriating their likeness in stories complaining about right-wing harassment, the evils of insufficient taxation, and the obsolescence of the Constitution.

  • Conservative Ken

    The County has every reason to get this trial over quickly. Dooley is a Union hack and his court system will shill for the SEIU goons.

    Kenneth Gladney has stated his belief that the two year wait to go to trial is due to Charlie Dooley’s manipulating the court system. I believe Kenneth is right on target. The corruption goes all the way up the county food chain.

    If this goes the way of the SEIU we need to DIG! Hard and Fast!

    I’m praying for justice for you Kenneth.

  • dunce

    They must not trust the judge if they want a jury trial. Now all they need to do is bribe one juror and they are cheaper than judges.

  • Harold

    The municipal court system had no jurors? WTF? The DA doesn’t have a list of registered voters or a phone book?

    Or the ability to go out on the street and dragoon the first 12 people she meets?

    Biggest bunch of crap I’ve heard (aside from anything coming out of the Obama administration).

  • werbaz neutron

    If SIEU goons are going to beat up conservatives handing out “Don’t Tread On Me” flags at rallies, I gotta attend and get some of those flags and hand them out at such meetings. Bring it on pantywaist goons!

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    since it is a townhall and he was outside of the building , couldn’t he have been carrying a concealed firearm for protection against such attacks? i believe there is going to be some fireworks outside of townhall meetings in the upcoming months. the seiu types are going to find out what it means when you say “don’t tread on me”.

  • Molon Labe

    America seems destined to become Weimar Germany with Obama’s storm troopers running wild in the streets.

    Prepare for what is approaching.

  • mypurdue99

    had he been a gay lib, the 2 would be up for hate crime attempted murder charges as felonies facing 25 years. Thankfully (but unfortunately due to his injuries) he is on our side! Thanks Bro!

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  • 15 Scott,

    Way to focus on a red herring, Nelle. Does it matter whether he was there to protest, sell flags, or just walking down the block? No.

    Well, yes, yes it does, Scott. Nelle is correct to bring up the newspaper report’s lying propaganda verbiage. In trying to paint Gladney as a ‘TEA Party activist’, the Post Dispatch is playing to the ‘the TEA Partiiers are violent’ meme, when the truth is quite the opposite. Pointing out media lies is never a waste of time nor does it ever go out of fashion.

  • egoist

    Maybe the timing is perfect. The media machine just concluded their frenzy, and what to talk about…hey, “there’s some racist Tea Party dude that shot up poor old friendly Demo / security guards or something”.

  • Militant Conservative

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

  • GrayRider

    Let’s hope the jury is not one of “unionistas”. Good Luck, Kenneth and may justic prevail for you, my friend.

  • JKB

    @ #19 – you have to understand for this to go the right way, they have to have loyal Democrat voters on the jury. It’s taken this long to find a “random” call up that didn’t have to many dead Democrat voters. It’s one of the drawbacks of the Democrat dead voting rights, they suck as jurors.

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  • Added to the JAUL Gallery, Union Thug Enforcer Wing.

    J.A.U.L. (pronounced “jowl”): Just Another Unhinged Leftie.
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

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  • 1st thing I’d do is a change of venue.

    This is just so corrupt in all it’s facets.

    Just shameful.

    Is it too late to fix it, America?

  • JimmyT

    The jury can’t help but find them guilty. There’s video footage that clearly show what happened. I think they will be found guilty, sentenced to 30 days community service and a $2500.00 fine. And the results will never be broadcast or show up in print sooner than page 40. Having followed this from the beginning, I believe Kenneth was just a vendor who showed up because he knew TEA party people would be there and he could sell them souvenirs. But, I would guess he is a conservative now!

  • bobdog

    It’s been said that a conservative is a former liberal who got mugged.

  • andycanuck

    You’ve got to love that victim “claims he was beaten” in the MSM report instead of “two men who allegedly beat Mr. Gladney…” to show the charges hadn’t been proven yet.

  • L.E. Liesner

    Misdemeanor assualt! Where are the hate crime charges? Oh I forgot, the union thugs really loved this guy. They only beat him because he disagreed with their ideology.

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  • Meg

    Hope he also files a civil suit after the criminal trial.

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  • richard40

    If the trial is being held in the St Louis county suburbs, rather than in the city, then the area is balanced between repubs and dems (in fact it slightly favors repubs), and the chance of a fair trial and conviction is good. The quote about having to find jurors indicates it probably is in the county, since the city would have already had jurors on hand, but many small incorporated towns in the suburbs would not. Dont jump to conclusions about St Louis, it is nowhere near like Chicago. Even the city, although heavily dem, is nowhere near as corrupt as Chicago, and the suburbs are fairly honest. And the St Louis Tea Party is one of the strongest in the country, and are not about to let this injustice stand. I do agree that the Post Dispatch is a heavily dem paper, and am surprised they reported the story at all.

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  • Merovign


    How is two men beating someone so severely you put them in the hospital, while hurling verbal abuse and after a racial slur, a misdemeanor?

    This STINKS of corruption.

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  • T.G. McCoawn

    The “union thugs” were charged with misdemeanors !!! There was no beating. Why are your pants in a bunch? The court ruled that Kenneth Gladney was full of sh*t!

  • T.G. McCoawn

    AND Gladney lied about being hospitalized for shoulder, back, knee, wrist, and brain boo-boos. Then you wack jobs must think that there is a massive conspiracy involving union thugs and secret police and fixed juries. The court was right. The Tea Party wastrels are wrong.