The man accused of slamming a teenager to the ground for not removing his hat during the national anthem believed he was acting on the orders of President Donald Trump, his attorney claims.
“His commander in chief is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished,” lawyer Lance Jasper told The Missoulian. “He certainly didn’t understand it was a crime.”
Trump supporters are literally assaulting & killing children.— Big Boss (@escapedmatrix) August 7, 2019
Curt James Brockway was arrested for throwing a 13-year-old boy to the ground for not taking his hat off during the national anthem. The teen received skull fractures and was hospitalized.
Officials say Curt Brockway, 39, “grabbed Wally Crosby by his throat, picked him up and threw him to the ground” after Crosby, 13, refused to take off his hat during the national anthem at a rodeo in Superior, Montana, earlier in August, BuzzFeed reported. Brockway has since been released on his own recognizance following arraignment on a felony charge of assaulting a minor.
Following the attack, Crosby was airlifted to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington, where he was treated for skull fractures and a concussion.
“He’s deathly afraid of strangers. He doesn’t remember anything. All the witnesses I have talked to said this was completely random,” Crosby’s mother, Megan Keeler, told MTN News. “There was no exchange — nothing! He targeted Wally and took him down.”
Most recently, his racist comments about immigrants drew parallels to the manifesto of alleged mass shooter Patrick Wood Crusius, who wrote that his actions — which killed 22 people and injured dozens more at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on the same day Brockway attacked Crosby — were a response to “the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” The New York Times reported.
Another instance where @realDonaldTrump incited a supporter to violence against someone elses child. The Judge needs to be the subject of a judicial review and removal from the bench the defendant is obviously a danger to the public and other people's children!! pic.twitter.com/OGUT8w3hD6— Terry Berger (@MrsTLBerger) August 7, 2019
“Trump never necessarily says, ‘Go hurt somebody,’ but the message is absolutely clear,” Jasper told The Missoulian. “I am certain of the fact that [Brockway] was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the president.”
Twitter users lamented Brockway’s release, despite prosecutors’ requests that he be held on $100,000 bail.
- district judge david Larson gave him a suspended sentence allowing him to serve ZERO prison time for threatening to murder a family with a gun drawn— 👨💻RACISM UNDERSTANDER STANLEY STAN Account (@account_stanley) August 7, 2019
- his attorney lance jasper somehow got the recommended $100000 bail overturned allowing him to walk free after this incident https://t.co/NZ4MDk5NJC
Curt James Brockway is a registered violent offender who threw a 13 year old child to the grown fracturing the boy’s skull & causing him to seizure He was released with NO BAIL #WhitePrivilege https://t.co/idqlEPMGm7 # via @HuffPostCrime— The Fluff (@TheFluff2) August 7, 2019
One judge frees Curt James Brockway without bail after another judge enabled this crime.. 'After 900 hours of community service -- and serving seven years of probation -- Brockway was discharged from his supervision on Feb. 7, 2019.' https://t.co/LORJfMGUDc— Daisy Ecksmakina 🇫🇷 🇮🇪 🇪🇺 (@Broken_Politiks) August 9, 2019
If you don't believe in racism and white privilege here's some top stories:— Fred B (@fred_belford) August 8, 2019
Curt Brockway released without having to pay any bail despite prior convictions and putting a 13 year old in the hospital. I don't care about his service (which seems dubious) he belongs off the streets
Why is Curt James Brockway out on bail after repeatedly demonstrating that he poses a danger to the community and apparently thinks it's ok to inflict grievous bodily harm on a child?!? https://t.co/s5jbrActPO via @missoulian— Susan Bernofsky 🍑 (@translationista) August 8, 2019
Jasper also claimed a brain injury Brockway suffered in 2000, when a car crash damaged his frontal lobe — the part of the brain responsible for judgment and decision-making — was partly to blame for his client’s actions.
“Obviously it’s a tragedy whenever someone is injured, especially a young kid, but with my client being a veteran with a traumatic brain injury, it is absolutely fair to say he got caught up in a heightened animosity and a heightened rhetoric that too many people are engaged in,” Jasper said.
“Everyone should learn to dial it down a little bit,” he added, “from the president to Mineral County.”