The Hayride has been covering this story since it broke: a young Jindal staffer and her boyfriend were savagely beaten after leaving Brennan’s restaurant in the French Quarter, where a Republican fund-raiser was being held. A group of anarchists had been protesting the SRLC in front of the Hilton, and had later marched down to Brennan’s to protest the “rich Republican plutocrats”.
Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg, and her boyfriend Joe Brown suffered a broken nose, a broken jaw, and a concussion.
Here’s latest from The Hayride on the seriousness of Allee’s condition:
Allee Bautsch has seven screws in her leg and five surgical scars. She didn’t just fall down, she was stomped on.
Allee is a tiny woman. There are 3-5 men being sought in connection to the beatings, one of them was described as a Caucasian male who appeared to be dirty, in his 20’s, 6′1″ tall, thin build with a thin face. He had a beard and auburn color hair in a pony tail. He was wearing a light color T shirt and dark color pants.
2:08 p.m. We’re linked from Yahoo News, whose report contains an account from a friend of Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown which might be of interest:
The friend, who declined to be named because the attackers are still at large, described the group who descended on Bautsch and Brown as “some weird Bobby Jindal protesters” there in opposition to the state’s governor. The friend confirmed the earlier reports that Bautsch “got caught in the middle” of the altercation as she tried to break it up. Bautsch’s friend also reported that she’s in “loads of pain” with “rods in her leg and ankle,” but that she was also “released yesterday from the hospital and is resting at her home in Baton Rouge.”
Keep checking The Hayride for updates.
A Police report has been released, which Michelle Malkin has transcibed:
“Shortly before 10:30pm, Mr. Brown and Ms. Bautsch left the restaurant and began walking towards St. Louis. Street. Mr. Brown noted there were still several protestors loitering in the area, but not nearly the number which had been present earlier. Soon after leaving the restaurant, he heard what he described as ‘cat calls.’ At an unknown point within the 400 block of Royal Street, both Mr. Brown and Ms. Bautsch then crossed from the Brennan’s side of the street to the Supreme Court side of the street.
They continued to walk towards St. Louis when Mr. Brown began to hear people behind him scream obscenities. Initially he was not sure if thoese were being directed at him and his girlfriend, or if they were simply the outbursts of drunken revelers. As they neared the intersection, Mr. Brown stated he heard subjects state thing such as, ‘Little blonde bitch,’ ‘You’re a fu**king faggot,’ and ‘You think you’re fu**king special.’ At this point Mr. Brown realized these derogatory terms were being directed at Ms. Bautsch and him. He then requested she begin to walk faster toward the Omni-Royal hotel located at the intersection of St. Louis and Royal. Mr. Brown also recalled the farther they got from the restaurant, the closer these subjects got to them. When they reached the corner of St. Louis and Royal, Mr. Brown and his date turned south on St. Louis. It was at this time that one of the subjects pushed him into the iron gate which surrounds the State Supreme Court. He then fell to the ground, and one of the attackers got on top of him and began to attack him. Mr. Brown stated as he was being pushed to the ground, Ms. Bautsch was also either pushed down or fell down near where he was. As he fought to get his attacker off of him, he heard his girlfriend cry out in pain. She then repeatedly stated,”Oh my god, my leg is broken.”
Michelle notes that no overtly political comments were made towards the couple, suggesting a random crime, as opposed to a political hate crime. I think the fact that they said, ‘You think you’re fu**king special,’ and made reference to the victims being “nicely dressed“, suggests the type of class hatred you might expect from Communist/anarchists out to punish “rich plutocrats”.
I continue to believe that there is a connection between the protesters and the assault, especially in light of this latest update via The Hayride:
In an interview this afternoon, Louisiana GOP Chair Roger Villere, Jr. told Lincoln Parish News Online he and several others were pursued by protesters last Friday night after a political fundraiser, but managed to get into a cab and avoid the mob. “We started to leave out the front door after the event, but the protesters had us blocked – there were six of us in our group – so we went out through the kitchen,” Villere said. Once they got outside, the protesters spotted them and began to pursue them, but they managed to get into a cab and avoid confrontation.
Obviously,whether the beating was politically motivated or not, it was a heinous crime and the miscreants need to be punished to the full letter of the law.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit