Man’s Finger Bitten Off At Health Care Rally
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department reports that a 65-year-old man had his finger bitten off Wednesday night at a health care rally in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo at right is blood found near the scene, courtesy KTLA.) A group of anti-health care reform protesters formed across the street from an event put on by moveon.org.
A witness from the scene says a man was walking through the anti-reform group to get to the pro-reform side when he got into an altercation with the 65-year-old, who opposes health care reform.
The 65-year-old was apparently aggressive and hit the other man, who then retaliated by biting off his attacker’s pinky, according to Karoli from DrumsnWhistles.
The man took his finger and walked to Los Robles hospital for treatment.
Here’s what Drumsnwhistles reports:
[A man in an] orange shirt hit the pro-reform guy (I’m going to call him PR Guy just to keep the players straight). Hard…He punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and into that thruway. As you can see from the photo, cars drive straight through that without stopping. The pro-reform guy could have been run over. He got up, tried to get back up on the curb, but Orange Shirt guy was in his face. Finger in his face, PR Guy standing, steps up to the curb, and there’s a scuffle. Orange shirt seemed to have PR Guy in a hold, but again, I was across the street, so won’t state that as absolute fact. Next thing I see is PR Guy’s hat being tossed into the street, both yelling at one another, then Orange shirt walks away, PR Guy picks up hat and crosses to our side.
When he gets to our side, he tells a story in one sentence: “He punched me hard, straight in the face, so I bit his finger off.”Click here for reuse options!
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