Ventura County Sheriff‘s Capt. Frank O’Hanlon says about 100 people demonstrating in favor of rallied Wednesday night on a street corner. One protester walked across the street to confront about 25 counter-demonstrators.
O’Hanlon says the man got into an argument and fist fight, during which he bit off the left pinky of a 65-year-old man who opposed health care reform.
A hospital spokeswoman says the man lost half the finger, but doctors reattached it and he was sent home the same night.
An eyewitness, who was able to recover the finger for the man, called in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, and said that the senior was actually targeted by the thug, who has not yet been caught.
I’m a little annoyed that substitute host, Mark Steyn finds it all so funny.
Captain Ed reports that the assailant may have been a Move on.org member, and notes:
…this does demonstrate — again — that most of the violence in these protests have come not from Tea Party activists or gun-carrying protesters, but from the counterprotesters from unions and left-wing groups.
But of course
Michelle Malkin says the Moveon crowd’s misinformation colored the early reporting of the incident, which explains why the first stories reported that the the dissident bit off the finger of the ObamaCare supporter.
That was the story first discussed by Mark Steyn before the eye witness called in and corrected him.
A fuzzy picture of the finger biter has surfaced:
Police said the biter has not been identified. Rice has admitted to throwing the first punch but says he did so because he felt threatened, Buschow said.
Rice gave investigators a photograph (above) taken just before the altercation. Rice is wearing a khaki T-shirt and olive drab shorts; his opponent is in black at right.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the biter could be charged with mayhem, an offense by which the perpetrator deprives another person of a body part, and Rice could be charged with battery for throwing the first punch.
William Rice chose not to have his fingertip reattached.
Rice appeared on the Neil Cavuto Show –