The teen was attending a Montana county fair and rodeo on Saturday and failed to remove his hat during the national anthem. Moments later, 39-year-old Curt James Brockway slammed him to the ground and fractured his skull, Vice reports.
“He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent,” Taylor Hennick, a rodeo attendee, told the Missolian. As people started to surround Brockway, he defended himself by saying the boy “was disrespecting the national anthem, so he had every right to do that,” Hennick added.
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Trump supporters are literally assaulting & killing children.
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.
— Big Boss (@escapedmatrix) August 7, 2019
Brockway was arrested and charged with assault on a minor. His attorney has revealed that Brockway believed he was entitled to carry out the assault following Trump’s criticism of unpatriotic Americans, Complex reports.
“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,” Attorney Lance Jasper told the Missoulian. “He certainly didn’t understand it was a crime.”
Jasper intends to defend Brockway by claiming that the president’s violent and divisive rhetoric combined with a traumatic brain injury suffered by Brockway, caused him to abuse a child. The young boy was flown to Spokane for treatment of his fractured skull and has since been released.
“Obviously he (Brockway) owes a big portion of accountability for what took place, but it’s certain that there was other things at work here that definitely contributed,” Jasper said. “Trump never necessarily says go hurt somebody, but the message is absolutely clear…I am certain of the fact that (Brockway) was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the president.”