“I have to go potty,” the boy says, doing that funny little dance that all kids do. And so you park your cart at the front of the store, and escort him into the men’s room.
While in the bathroom you discover that, as your son is in the stall and taking care of his business, a store employee in the adjacent stall has reached under the common wall and is running his hand along the boy’s thigh. Reacting as any father would do, you kick open the employee’s stall and, in an effort to stop him from molesting your son, you punch him straight in the mouth.
Then, imagine that both you and the employee are charged — the employee with indecent assault and battery on a child, you with assault and battery. It would boggle the mind, wouldn’t it?
Well, ask Jason Beatrice. On Sunday, June 1, 2008, Beatrice and his four-year-old son were shopping at Market Basket, a supermarket in Raynham, Massachusetts. According to the Taunton Daily Gazette, while Beatrice’s son was in the bathroom stall, standing on a bucket so he’d be tall enough to use the toilet, 71-year-old Valerio Rodriguez–an illegal immigrant from Guatemala working in the grocery store–reached under the shared wall from an adjoining stall and touched the boy “high on the leg.” Beatrice felt as though Rodriguez, who later told police through an interpreter that he was “just fooling around,” posed a threat to his son, so he broke down the door and punched him.
Rodriguez was charged with felony indecent assault and battery on a child, but was released and promptly fled to Guatemala. He wasn’t even fired by the supermarket, and was spotted by Beatrice a month later “pushing a mop bucket” and “smiling at children.” Beatrice was charged with assault, but had that charge later dropped and faced only a reduced charge of battery because Rodriquez skipped the country. The Raynham Police Chief, Lou Pacheco, stated that Rodriguez was not arrested and held because he “posed no threat to the public,” and said that he was “shocked” that the illegal Guatemalan immigrant missed his arraignment. On the charges remaining against Beatrice, the Massachusetts Attorney General had this to say:
“We can’t have people taking the law into their own hands. The father should have waited for police.”
That Massachusetts Attorney General was Martha Coakley, currently running as a Democrat for the late Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat in the Bay State.
That’s right. Never mind, for a moment, that Valerio Rodriguez was an illegal immigrant and had no legal right whatsoever to be in the United States of America–nonetheless Raynham, Massachusetts–to begin with. Forget about that for a second and concentrate on the fact that Martha Coakley, future senator from the great state of Massachusetts if the Democrats have their way, felt as though Jason Beatrice, whose son was being molested in a supermarket bathroom by the aforementioned illegal immigrant who had no legal right whatsoever to be in the country to begin with, was the one at fault in that case. According to Martha, Beatrice should have left his son in the bathroom with Valerio Rodriguez, called the police, and waited for them to arrive and intervene.
I don’t even know where to begin. I don’t know whether or not I should be more incensed about Coakley’s attitude toward illegal immigrants and immigration, or about her perspective and logic when it came to a father defending her son. (Apparently, because the child had run out of the stall, she later insisted, Rodriguez was no longer a threat.) Both are hallmarks of typical liberal thought, that our immigration laws don’t matter and that only the government can be responsible for the safety and security of the people.
The thing is, as former Massachusetts resident and occasional America’s Right contributor Sam Fain pointed out to me — it’s Massachusetts.
“I’d venture that most people agree with her,” Sam said. “I’ve talked to very intelligent and truly good people about that case and that quote. They agree with her. The reasoning is that the kid made it out of the stall, and so the assault was already over, so the father was not actually stopping the assault, but retaliating for it. Thus, in their minds, the punch was unjustified. How you can tell that to (and charge) a father whose son was just assaulted, I don’t know, but that’s just how they think.”
Alas, Massachusetts. Let’s hope that the people of the Bay State don’t have a similar egregious lapse in judgment on January 19, and that they elect Scott Brown and bring a modicum of common sense back to that state.