This Doesn’t Smell Right

However much it would support what I think of the antiwar protesters, I’m not convinced that this incident is real.

I answer 911 calls and regular calls for Police and Fire all day long. If someone called me with this story I would dispatch a cop, but I’d need a lot more information before I believed it. – News – National Guardsman Brutally Attacked In Pierce County

The soldier was walking to a convenience store when a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and the driver asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action.

The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle and knocked the soldier down, punching and kicking him.

“And during the assault the suspects called him a baby killer. At that point they got into the car and drove off and left him on the side of the road,”

Pierce County? That’s where Ft. Lewis is. You can’t turn around without bumping into an active duty or retired soldier. Pierce County is not a hotbed of antiwar protesters.

Even without that, a bunch of people with guns? They just pulled up out of nowhere and attacked him? According to the new reports it was at a busy intersection in the morning. But no one saw this?

Usually when people tell me stories like this I find out later that there is a whole lot that they’re not telling me. Either that or they just made it up to cover up a fight with their wife or boyfriend.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all to find out that this is a hoax. I hope I’m wrong.

Update: 09/01/06

A witness who came forward after the incident told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News a different story about what happened on Tuesday morning, but deputies said the witness later changed that story when they interviewed him.

The witness told police he saw several men in uniform beat a man in civilian clothes, but later changed his account to back the guardsman.

Investigators said the witness’s stories were inconsistent with the guardsman’s, and they are back to “square one” in the investigation.

It’s not clear from this story exactly whose stories were inconsistant, the witness who originally claimed that soldiers beat a civilian or some other witnesses.

I’m still not comfortable with it. I live in a mostly rural area and everytime something happens on the street we get cell phone calls from hordes of people. Weren’t there any calls about this incident? This is a densely populated area.

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