UPDATE 12:23 P.M: Observations on photograph and the clear indications of a violent struggle:
Note the wristwatch on the curb to the right of the policeman’s feet. Both the policeman and victim Brown have on their watches. We do not have a clear observation of Allee’s wrists (but she is missing a shoe). The watch wasn’t stolen if it belonged to Allee or it belongs to one of the perpetrators.
Also, the bottom of Brown’s right shoe is actually ripped open.
Brown suffered a broken jaw and nose with a brain concussion. Allee suffered a broken leg that required surgery over the weekend.
TODAY’S ORIGINAL UPDATE STORY:
Late last night, someone calling himself Jack A. Neal posted a photo of the aftermath of the attack on his campaign staffer on Bobby Jindal’s Facebook page.
The message below was included with the photo post:
Hi folks. I was in New Orleans this past Friday night. I was dining within a half block of where the incident involving Allee Butsch (sic) happened. I joined this group so that I might share the info, as well as a photo I took. More to come…
This morning, Jack A. Neal has posted more information on Jindal’s web page:
Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend just moments after being attacked.
I was in New Orleans this past weekend. I ventured out into the French Quarter Friday evening (4/9/2010 ), and had dined at the Royal House Oyster Bar, on Royal Street. Of course, the sound of sirens and clamor is hardly unusual in the French Quarter. I generally have my camera with me wherever I go, and that night was no exception. Obviously, New Orleans after-dark can be a photographer’s smorgasbord.
I heard sirens immediately prior to leaving the establishment, and saw New Orleans police officers running towards an area located within a block adjacent to the oyster bar. I followed, and managed to grab one photo of the pair being attended to by a police officer before that police officer politely (no sarcasm intended ) asked me to move on. He explained that he was "trying to get this lady some medical attention", and that he didn’t need to deal with a photographer at the moment. As I said, the officer was polite, and appropriately professionally attentive, so I moved on.
As relates to this matter, I have no political agenda. I can’t say with certainty even that this is the same couple or incident, but I strongly suspect it. The photo may not be particularly revelatory, but rather, simply illustrative. As you will see from the photo, there don’t appear to be any Palin pins evident. Of course, that hardly diminishes the brutality of the event, nor the hypocrisy of the MSM. I think it’s safe to assume there would have been a rush to judgment were the circumstances different.
It does appear in the photo that Allee is lying on the ground with her head on her purse as was stated in the police report.
With no further information forthcoming from Gov. Bobby Jindal or his spokesmen, folks with knowledge of the event are left to post photos on his Facebook page and speculate.
In a further development, two of the main subjects of the extensive investigation done by The Hayride into the anarchist groups planning the protest have pulled informtion from the internet of their threats to attendees of the $10,000-a-plate fundraiser at Brennan’s Restaurant as attendees left the event.
The Hayride is a local Louisiana publication. From their report (much more at the link):
And now comes something not altogether unexpected. Daniel Mauch, “francisnblake,” has gone dark.
He’s deleted all 21 of his YouTube videos. And he’s made his Facebook page private. Poof – he’s gone.
He posted in the comments below, and I asked him in reply if he knew the identity of “D-Bloc,” the blogger for the Iron Rail Book Collective’s blog who bragged about vandalizing French Quarter banks, and also bragged to Gambit’s Best Of New Orleans Blog about how “rich plutocrats shat themselves” following confrontations with the Iron Rail Gang’s protestors last Friday.
D-Mauch had nothing much to say about D-Bloc. He didn’t respond to my query. Instead, he decided to vanish.