Washington County, Pennsylvania, just south of Pittsburgh, has a "Stop the Violence" organization, as many communities do.
I applaud that and I applaud leader Suzanne Kelley and others for promoting this. Hands up, guns down is a great idea.
From the Observer-Reporter:
Two members of a local anti-violence group are accused of beating a man unconscious in the city Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after one of them helped lead a peace rally through the streets of Washington.
Nikole Ardeno, one of the co-coordinators for the Stop the Violence group, and Emanuel Velez, both of Washington, were arrested and charged with punching and kicking the man, leaving him critically injured.
Washington police said Joshua Magraff was walking in the 1000 block of Jefferson Avenue shortly before 4:30 p.m. when Ardeno, driving a sport-utility vehicle, stopped and punched him in the face through her open window.
Velez then got out of the vehicle from the passenger side and allegedly punched Magraff in the head, knocking him to the ground, police said.
Police said Ardeno and Velez then kicked Magraff while he lay unconscious on the sidewalk, causing him to convulse and vomit blood.
Officers stopped the SUV farther down on Jefferson Avenue moments later and found Ardeno wearing the same white Stop the Violence T-shirt she wore during Monday's night rally, Washington police Chief Chris Luppino said.
“She's a big part of that group,” Luppino said. “He's very active with them.”
Magraff, 26, of Washington, was still unconscious Wednesday afternoon and in critical condition at UPMC-Mercy hospital's intensive care unit in Pittsburgh, Luppino said.Suzanne Kelley told the newspaper: “We do not promote violence at all, and I can't believe this is going on. I don't want the community to get a negative effect from this because they back us.”
Well, you cannot judge an entire group by the actions of two people.
Unless they are cops.