Man With Brain Injury Attacks 13-Year-Old Boy, Attorney Blames President Trump

Attorneys for the man who attacked a 13-year-old boy said their client thought President Donald Trump ordered it.

Superior, MT – A Montana man has blamed President Donald Trump for his attack on a 13-year-old boy who refused to remove his hat for the National Anthem.

The incident occurred as the rest of the people at the Mineral County Fairgrounds were standing for the National Anthem before the start of the rodeo on Aug. 3, according to the Missoulian.

Curt Brockway, 39, told deputies that he asked the boy to remove his hat when the anthem began because it was disrespectful.

Brockway said the boy responded by saying “F--k you!” the Missoulian reported.

Charging documents showed that Brockway told deputies he grabbed the 13 year old by the throat, lifted him up into the air, and then slammed him down to the ground.

Witnesses said that as people closed in on Brockway after the incident, he defended himself by telling them the boy had been disrespectful, the Missoulian reported.

A witness said the boy was bleeding from his ears when he was taken away by medics, NBC News reported.

Mineral County Sheriff Mike Boone said the boy was transported to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington for treatment.

The boy sustained a concussion and a fractured skull as a result of Brockway’s attack, according to the Missoulian.

Lance Jasper, Brockway’s attorney, blamed the incident on President Trump.

Brockway is a U.S. Army veteran who suffered a brain injury in an off-duty car crash in 2000, the Missoulian reported.

Jasper said that although his client was honorably discharged from the Army for the disability, his military background has been central to his identity as a result of the brain damage.

Brockway suffered damage to his frontal lobe, which is responsible for cognitive functions like judgment and problem-solving, according to the Missoulian.

State records showed that he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2011 and is a registered violent offender, NBC News reported.

In 2010, Brockway was arrested after he pulled a gun on a family member and was represented by Jasper on that occasion, too.

The attorney said the court took Brockway’s brain injury into consideration at sentencing and only gave him 10 years of probation, the Missoulian reported.

Jasper successfully petitioned for an early release from probation for Brockway in February.

He blamed President Trump’s “rhetoric” surrounding athletes who knelt for the National Anthem for his client’s violent outburst, according to the Missoulian.

"Obviously it's a tragedy whenever someone is injured, especially a young kid, but with my client being a veteran with a traumatic brain injury, it is absolutely fair to say he got caught up in a heightened animosity and a heightened rhetoric that too many people are engaged in," Jasper said.

He said Brockway didn’t know that what he was doing was wrong, the Missoulian reported.

"His commander in chief is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished," the attorney continued. "He certainly didn't understand it was a crime."

Jasper said Brockway thought he had been given an order by President Trump.

"Trump never necessarily says go hurt somebody, but the message is absolutely clear," Jasper insisted. "I am certain of the fact that [Brockway] was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the President."

Jasper said Wednesday that he wanted a mental health evaluation conducted on Brockway before offering a defense, the Missoulian reported.

Brockway has been charged with felony assault on a minor and released on his own recognizance despite prosecutor’s requests that he be given a $100,000 bond.

The conditions for his release included home arrest at his parents’ house with a GPS monitoring device and an order not to contact witnesses or use drugs or alcohol, NBC News reported.

Brockway is scheduled to be arraigned in Mineral County District Court on Aug. 14, the Missoulian reported.

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Jkemme
Jkemme

It's the lawyer who is blaming Trump for his client and what he's charged with doing to the disrespectful kid. If you want to blame anyone, then you need to start looking at Obama for letting this happen in the country.

bryantrent
bryantrent

What a idiot

NomonK
NomonK

Liberal Scumbag Attorney. Any negative attention that can be blamed on Trump is Good. Both the Attorney and Client need a long rest in the big house.

bob95648
bob95648

Thank you for your service, Soldier. I apologize that we now live in a country where it's a crime to defend our honor. Thirteen years old is old enough to know right from wrong. If he'd have shown some respect for the flag and the National Anthem then a Veteran wouldn't have had to teach him better manners on the spot. Tough luck that he had to get his head broke to learn that lesson, if he ever will.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

So is this breitbart or blue lies matters. What does this story have to do with ANY blm related story. Or was this just another breitbart leaning story.

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

What a crock of dog doo. This man has a brain injury that has nothing to do with the President and the lawyer is pontificating on his own political views in a court of law. The lawyer needs to held in contempt of court and the man needs to be put in a mental facility for his safety and that of the public. While I feel sorry for the man it's obvious he's a danger to the public and we should not wait until he kills someone.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Everyone involved in this story is wrong. First of all, the guy with the brain injury, should’ve minded his own business. But as a veteran also, in my mind, I would’ve wanted to grab that boys hat and throw it if he refused to take it off during the national anthem. But, this is America, and even its own citizens can do and say such acts of disrespect. Second, this 13 year old boy shouldn’t be talking with such profanity, especially towards adults. Where was this boys parents? You know, the parents that have taught this boy such a great upbringing to not speak to people as such and definitely to show this country it’s respect. But then again, now a days, it’s everyone else’s fault but their child’s or theirs. Thirdly, what does Trump have to do with any of this. The boy should have been taught, the customs and courtesies of this country, by his parents or even at school. Unless he goes to one of those schools that did away with the pledge of allegiance, and took out “god” in every book they have. Look how well that’s going for society.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Before I read anyone's posts on here, I want to say that I feel really sorry for the poor SOB with the brain injury. However, the REAL criminal is the lawyer for trying to make any/all charges go away by blaming everyone else. This is hardly President Trump's fault, but the POS lawyer is a Dem/Commie and just couldn't let this go by without pinning something on Trump. Demented and despicable...I hate these people!

CarlG
CarlG

I bet he takes off his hat from now on.

oneadam
oneadam

I don’t condone this veterans actions but the kid is far from innocent his lack of respect is appalling To both flag and country and to this Veteran. Violence is not the way nor is open flagrant disrespect. The Veteran has the right to ask for removal of the hat in a loving teachable way while the kid is free to say whatever but it ends there. Just saying