I had been wondering if that tire-slashing incident in Milwaukee on Election Day was ever going to be resolved. Why am I not surprised that Democrats did it? And why am I not surprised that two of the people involved were part of the intelligentsia infrastructure, and not just random angry donks?

Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann announced this morning that five of the seven men arrested in the election-day slashing of Republican vehicles’ tires – including the sons of two prominent Milwaukee Democratic politicians – have been charged with felonies and will appear in court this afternoon.

The five who were charged with felony criminal damage to property for slashing 40 tires on 25 vehicles are:

* Michael Pratt, 32, son of former acting mayor Marvin Pratt.

* Sowande A. Omokunde, 25, son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

* Lewis G. Caldwell, 28

* Lavelle Mohammad, 35

* Justin Howell, 20

The vans had been rented by the state Republican Party to transport voters to the polls on election day Nov. 2.

If convicted, each of the five faces up to a $10,000 fine and up to 3 1/2 years in prison. The crime met the $2,500 damage threshold as a felony because the slashed tires and towing costs totaled more than $5,300, according to the criminal complaint filed today. It says the men were caught after a security guard in the Republican Party headquarters parking lot saw the vandalism and wrote down the license-plate numbers of a fleeing car.

He said the investigation had taken nearly 12 weeks because witnesses had dispersed after the election to states including Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and New York, and FBI investigators were sent to conduct the interviews.

Hm. They came in from different states, some of them rather far away, in order to disrupt GOP plans to help get voters to the polls on election day? That’s so…pathetic.

“You’ve got to understand how this looks elsewhere,” McCann said. “It’s a tire-slashing case. … I never got a call from (Attorney General John) Ashcroft about the case.”

No, pal, it’s not “just” a tire-slashing case. We’re talking about interfering with an election here, and that should give any decent person the heebie jeebies.

One Response to “Election Day Vandalism: Surprise – Dems Did It”
  1. triticale says:

    E. Michael McCann doesn’t particularly like to prosecute anyone, even if they aren’t Democrats. The masked college boys who “inadvertantly” touched a young woman in a sexual manner in the course of leading her to believe she was going to be gangraped were allowed to plead to disorderly conduct. If he can stall this case till the furor dies down he will let these people plea bargain with misdeamenors also.

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