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Monday, January 24, 2005

DemoThugs Indicted In Milwaukee

Five men, including the sons of two prominent Milwaukee Democrat politicians, were charged with felonies today for their role in a tire-slashing incident election morning. The five slashed 40 tires on 25 vans that the GOP had rented for use in its get-out-the-vote effort.

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

* Michael Pratt, 32, of the 400 block of N. 16th St., Milwaukee. Pratt is the son of former acting mayor Marvin Pratt.

* Sowande A. Omokunde, 25, of the 4000 block of N. 19th Place, Milwaukee. Omokunde is the son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

* Lewis G. Caldwell, 28, of the 2900 block of N. Summit Ave., Milwaukee.

* Lavelle Mohammad, 35, of the 4700 block of W. Lloyd St., Milwaukee.

* Justin Howell, 20, of the 2400 block of N. Olive St., Racine.

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 $10,00 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.

It seems to me that this was part of a conspiracy to violate the voting rights of Republicans. Why were more serious civil rights charges not brought against the five? And how high did advance knowledge of this criminal activity go in Democrat circles? Was it approved by party officials or office holders? One can only hope these questions will be examined.


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