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Owner of vandalized home cited for assault of abatement worker removing racist words on garage
AP ^ | 3-19-08

Posted on 03/20/2008 9:35:47 AM PDT by swampdweller

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The owner of a home vandalized with a spray-painted racial slur was cited for assault Wednesday after police said he pushed a city worker who was removing the graffiti.

A 43-year-old graffiti abatement worker was trying to get rid of the bright red paint on the home's white garage doors when Broderick Gamble interfered. An officer stationed nearby saw Gamble assault the woman, said Lt. Blake Miller, a spokesman for Arlington police.

Gamble was accused of assault by bodily contact, police said. He faces a $500 fine. Gamble disputed the account, telling Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT, "actually they touched me." Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Gamble by telephone were unsuccessful.

Code enforcement workers had a warrant signed by a judge to remove the offensive words from the home, Miller said.

City officials sought to get rid of the graffiti by filing a lawsuit earlier this month against Gamble and Etha Kay "Silk" Littlejohn, the black homeowners. Since Gamble and Littlejohn did not file an appeal, the city was allowed to remove the graffiti, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on its online edition.

The graffiti was spray painted on the couple's house in late December, days after a white neighbor allegedly struck Littlejohn in the head with a 2-by-4.

The couple rejected some of their neighbors' requests and the city's offer to remove the racist graffiti. Gamble said he wanted people to see the stark symbol of hatred.

Earlier this year, KSKY radio host Mike Gallagher and his wife pledged $500 and then raised nearly $4,000 to replace the graffiti-covered garage doors. Although Gamble picked up the new doors, they were not installed, the station has said.

The couple said they placed a tarp over the racial slurs. But city officials said an ordinance required them to remove, not just cover, the graffiti, The Dallas Morning News reported on its online edition Wednesday.

"Our patience has run out," Mayor Robert Cluck said. "We have every right to do what we've done this morning. We gave them every opportunity to abate the graffiti."

Police haven't found who spray painted the words "Kill." "Die (N-word)." The case remains open, Miller said.

Grace Head was charged for the attack on Littlejohn and faces aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief charges. Both were filed as hate crimes.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; homeowner; nannystate; propertyrights; racism

1 posted on 03/20/2008 9:35:47 AM PDT by swampdweller
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To: swampdweller

What a class act.. wanting to leave that profane, threatening graffiti on his home and attacking a woman...


2 posted on 03/20/2008 9:37:44 AM PDT by mnehring (So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money)
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To: swampdweller

Many cities are leaving the OBEY Obama posters up across the country even though they are publicly posted in the same place where the other OBEY posters have gone up and been removed.

There is not equal enforcement of such laws.


3 posted on 03/20/2008 9:39:03 AM PDT by weegee (Famous moments in history: March 18th, 2008 I have a bridge (to sell you)... - Barack H. Obama)
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To: mnehrling

They are attempting to milk the victim-thing for everything it’s worth. If you saw the newscast it would make you want to earp.


4 posted on 03/20/2008 9:40:22 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: weegee

Have there been any freedom of speech people arguing he should be able to keep those words up under his first amendment rights? He shouldn’t have pushed the lady, thats for sure.


5 posted on 03/20/2008 9:42:09 AM PDT by swampdweller (Live Free or Die Hard)
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To: mnehrling
Nothing gets in the way of some people's "hallowed" victim status.

If someone painted something like that on my property, I'd be out there that morning cleaning it off. I do as much when slackjawed punks tag the benches near the courts at our nearby park.

6 posted on 03/20/2008 9:42:16 AM PDT by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: mnehrling

Class Act?

Since when is it the courts duty to repaint someone elses home?

Seems to me Texas isn’t quite as fond of individual property rights as they market themselves to be.

This wasn’t a health or safety issue, so why is the court mucking with his property?


7 posted on 03/20/2008 9:44:00 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: swampdweller
The graffiti was spray painted on the couple's house in late December, days after a white neighbor allegedly struck Littlejohn in the head with a 2-by-4.
So we have an "alleged" attack by white folk and still no perp arrested for the racist graffiti. Hmmmm ...
8 posted on 03/20/2008 9:44:13 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: swampdweller
Police haven't found who spray painted the words

Several years ago in the Detroit area two such incidents were reported by the TV news. In one case a black couple had just moved into their new home then somebody trashed the inside and spray painted racial remarks. Another incident where the homeowners garage was spray painted with racial obcenities.....

In both cases, it was discoverd that the homeowners were the perps.........

9 posted on 03/20/2008 9:45:18 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Monkey spanking is cruel......)
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To: swampdweller

They need to check this guy’s supply of spray paint.


10 posted on 03/20/2008 9:45:30 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: weegee
Many cities are leaving the OBEY Obama posters up across the country even though they are publicly posted in the same place where the other OBEY posters have gone up and been removed.


11 posted on 03/20/2008 9:45:40 AM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: HamiltonJay
Class act was a sarcastic comment.

Since when is it the courts duty to repaint someone elses home?

If it is a local government standard/law, then it is protected under the 10th amendment. Don't say I agree, butt he guy was a jerk, especially for attacking the woman.

12 posted on 03/20/2008 9:47:14 AM PDT by mnehring (So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money)
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To: swampdweller

I’ll go ahead and say it. maybe he’s the one that put it up there to start with.


13 posted on 03/20/2008 9:48:36 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: mnehrling

Dude was attacked by a neighbor with a 2x4 and then had a racial slur painted on his garage.. He decided to leave it there so the rest of the neighbors would see what kind of crap goes on in their own neighborhood to shame them.

Again I ask, who the hell is the government to decide it can repaint someones personal property? This was not a health or safety violation.

The “attack” alledge by him was simply that he put hands on her... I doubt he took a 2x4 to his head like this guys neighbor had done.

You either respect private property or you don’t.. and given the specifics of this situation, I’d say Texas’s reputation for respecting personal property rights is grossly exagerated.


14 posted on 03/20/2008 9:52:50 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay
Dude was attacked by a neighbor with a 2x4 and then had a racial slur painted on his garage.. He decided to leave it there so the rest of the neighbors would see what kind of crap goes on in their own neighborhood to shame them.

I guess I didn't see it this way. I was seeing it as he was leaving profanity up, against city ordnances, and against a court order and attacked a woman who was just doing her job.

who the hell is the government to decide it can repaint someones personal property? This was not a health or safety violation.

If the city has a profanity ban for signs and other displays or it has a code of standards, that is a local issue and is Constitutionally protected. The local citizens do have the right to govern their community standards as they see fit. (10th amendment)

15 posted on 03/20/2008 9:56:47 AM PDT by mnehring (So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money)
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To: HamiltonJay
Dude was attacked by a neighbor with a 2x4

[snip]

The “attack” alledge by him was simply that he put hands on her

Gotta be consistent. I do not know that this man attacked the graffitti abatement worker. I also do not know that this man was hit by a neighbor with a 2x4. I also do not know who painted the graffitti on his garage. All I do know if that this man likes his garage the way it is and wants people to stop cleaning up his handiwork garage.

16 posted on 03/20/2008 10:00:57 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: swampdweller

I’ll jump in to defend the rights of the property owner to post (or leave posted) any message on THEIR property they want. More intrusive government busybodies. Apparently Arlington has no real crime to prosecute and an awful lot of extra money. Perhaps tax rebates are in order.


17 posted on 03/20/2008 10:01:40 AM PDT by a_different_conservative
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To: swampdweller
This is a horrible miscarriage of justice that thankfully will not stand.

Charges against black homeowner filed as "hate crimes"....case dismissed.

18 posted on 03/20/2008 10:01:59 AM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Dahoser

I remember that movie! They Live!


19 posted on 03/20/2008 10:08:29 AM PDT by Califreak (Hangin' with Hunter-under the bus "Dread and Circuses")
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To: mnehrling

Is the N-word profanity? According to Wikipedia: ‘Profanity can be a word, expression, gesture, or other social behavior which is socially constructed or interpreted as insulting, rude or vulgar, or desecrating or showing disrespect toward an object of religious veneration.’

Even in Obama’s church I doubt African-Americans are objects of religious veneration.


20 posted on 03/20/2008 10:12:12 AM PDT by a_different_conservative
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To: mnehrling

It’s obvious that this jerk off has a very big chip on his shoulder. Maybe he deserved a beating with a 2X4.


21 posted on 03/20/2008 10:17:00 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: swampdweller

So, Mr. Gamble, by insisting the graffiti get left up there, does that mean you agree it presents a good description of who you are?


22 posted on 03/20/2008 10:17:41 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: HamiltonJay
You either respect private property or you don’t.. and given the specifics of this situation, I’d say Texas’s reputation for respecting personal property rights is grossly exagerated.

Sadly, I can say from experience that this is true. A lot of cities down here have smoking bans. A couple of years ago my hometown came up with a scheme to inspect all rental properties (and some homes that were not rental properties)...for the sake of the tenants, of course, not as a fishing expedition or anything. The same home town also prohibited alcohol sales until just a few years ago. I could go on and on.

There are good things about the state, to be sure. But it's not the bastion of freedom that some people make it out to be.

23 posted on 03/20/2008 10:19:25 AM PDT by timm22 (Think critically)
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To: mnehrling

It’s obvious that this jerk off has a very big chip on his shoulder. Maybe he deserved a beating with a 2X4.


24 posted on 03/20/2008 10:23:44 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: mnehrling
If the city has a profanity ban for signs and other displays or it has a code of standards, that is a local issue and is Constitutionally protected. The local citizens do have the right to govern their community standards as they see fit. (10th amendment)

Just because something is Constitutionally permissible doesn't mean it is an appropriate activity for state and local governments.

For example, "public" smoking bans, subsidies for the arts, meaningless resolutions against the Iraq war, etc. The Federal Constitution doesn't prohibit these things, and going to a Federal court may not be the right way to stop them, but I think most of us would agree those are not appropriate government activities. Even if it's coming from a local government.

25 posted on 03/20/2008 10:29:13 AM PDT by timm22 (Think critically)
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To: swampdweller

“Our patience has run out,” Mayor Robert Cluck said. “We have every right to do what we’ve done this morning.”


Questionable hate crime and major scumbag for hitting a woman aside, the above thinking of the mayor is one of the main problems with politicians big and small in this country.


26 posted on 03/20/2008 10:51:49 AM PDT by kenth
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To: oh8eleven
I have a strong suspicion that this is one more phony racist graffiti attack. Mr. Gamble likely wrote this on his own garage.
27 posted on 03/20/2008 10:55:07 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: swampdweller

Some people consider any touch a “push”. And sometimes people on the public pay will push first and say something else in a report.

I don’t advocate assaulting city workers doing their job.

This was something on private property and was covered. Heck if your homeowner policy insurer wanted to SEE it first, you’d have to leave it up.


28 posted on 03/20/2008 11:04:55 AM PDT by weegee (Famous moments in history: March 18th, 2008 I have a bridge (to sell you)... - Barack H. Obama)
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To: a_different_conservative

People can burn the flag under the protection of free speech. So why is this abhorrent free speech any different. Burning the flag insults my heritage just as much.


29 posted on 03/20/2008 11:44:19 AM PDT by swampdweller (Live Free or Die Hard)
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To: iowamark
I have a strong suspicion ...
That makes at least two of us.
30 posted on 03/20/2008 12:36:51 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Eurale

>>They are attempting to milk the victim-thing for everything it’s worth. If you saw the newscast it would make you want to earp.<<

I think its even possible they did it themselves.

But, I don’t government should be forcibly repainting to cover offensive speech.


31 posted on 03/20/2008 12:39:13 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: swampdweller

Well put.


32 posted on 03/20/2008 12:41:45 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: mnehrling

Now wait a minute. The article said nothing about him “attacking: the woman. For all we know he inserted himself between her and his doors and she screamed abuse. Like THAT has never happened before. Like the cops and government never abuse their authority.

Are we conservatives and libertarians hers? What would YOU do if a government employee showed up and started messing with your garage door?

If someone wrote “die whitey” on my garage I might just have the exact same reaction this guys did.


33 posted on 03/20/2008 5:38:22 PM PDT by NucSubs (Democrat:: one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.)
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To: HamiltonJay

Ding ding ding!

Thanks. I was starting to get worried.


34 posted on 03/20/2008 5:39:30 PM PDT by NucSubs (Democrat:: one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.)
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To: a_different_conservative

Good man.


35 posted on 03/20/2008 5:41:24 PM PDT by NucSubs (Democrat:: one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.)
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To: NucSubs
An officer stationed nearby saw Gamble assault the woman, said Lt. Blake Miller, a spokesman for Arlington police.
36 posted on 03/20/2008 5:43:29 PM PDT by mnehring (So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money)
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To: mnehrling
Yeah. I read the article. Thanks.

My turn.

Gamble was accused of assault by bodily contact, police said. He faces a $500 fine. Gamble disputed the account, telling Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT, "actually they touched me." Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Gamble by telephone were unsuccessful.

You'll forgive me if I doubt that he turned around and slugged her or threw her into a parked car. I'd wager he came out and asked what the hell she was doing and got pissed when she would not stop and tried to move between her and the door or grab th paint or whatever. Maybe not smart but not "assault". You mean to tell me after being here at FR and reading the PC manipulation of language and intent you cannot see that "assault" is possibly a tad over the top for what he did?

Do we know exactly what he did to her? Do you not think if you saw someone messing with your property you would not be a tad irate?

37 posted on 03/20/2008 5:51:40 PM PDT by NucSubs (Democrat:: one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.)
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To: swampdweller
LOL!

Well, I can sympathize with the homeowner. But he just didn't use his brain. If he really wanted to prevent these clowns from removing graffiti from his garage door...

Hello? Why didn't he just hit the garage door opener? Hello?

LOL
38 posted on 03/20/2008 5:52:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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