Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Lawyer: Man thought he was following orders in anthem attack

Lawyer: Man thought he was following orders in anthem attack

A Montana man has been arrested for allegedly slamming a child to the ground because the boy did not remove his hat during as the national anthem played, officials said.

According to Mineral County Attorney Ellen Donohue, Brockway said that after the boy was asked to remove his hat, the boy cursed in Brockway's face and refused to take it off. Brockway then slammed him to the ground and started telling people around them that he was right to do so.

Between that and being a disabled veteran who is "uber patriotic", Jasper said Brockway is influenced by the rhetoric of President Donald Trump. "He certainly didn't understand it was a crime".

Brockway was allegedly severely injured in a vehicle accident and has impaired judgment as a result. He told the Missoulian that the president's "rhetoric" contributed to Brockway's assault on the boy.

A man was charged with a felony after assaulting a teen wearing a hat during the National Anthem at a rodeo in Superior, Montana.

The teen suffered temporal skull fractures that left him bleeding from his ears for almost six hours and without any memory of the attack, the victim said. "I don't remember anything - the rodeo - the helicopter - nothing", the 13-year-old said in an interview with the station.

The parents said the child was bleeding from his ear for almost six hours after the incident.

A witness on the ground said she was dropping by the fair for the national anthem when she heard a "pop", according to the Missoulian.

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After the assault, the boy was taken to a local hospital to be examined. He added that while Brockway is partially to blame for his actions, he also suffered an apparent head injury in 2000.

Jasper told the Missoulian he will seek a mental health evaluation for Brockway, whose brain injury affects his frontal lobe and impairs his cognitive function. But while many don't agree with the national anthem protests that grabbed the sports world's attention in recent years, every American should believe in showing respect during the Star-Spangled Banner.

The 13-year-old boy was flown to a Spokane hospital after sustaining temporal skull fractures in the weekend incident.

It was not clear whether Brockway had an attorney, though he was scheduled to be released on his own recognizance Tuesday. He's since been released and is back home to continue healing.

The White House did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

"Curt says he was given an order from the commander-in-chief to make sure people are patriotic", Jasper said.

According to the Missoulian, Brockway is now serving probation for a 2010 charge of assault with a weapon.

Brockway's arraignment in the latest charge is scheduled for August 14.

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