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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:43 PM

FBI: Man used racial slur before striking crying toddler on Delta flight.

FEBRUARY 15--After demanding that the mother of a crying toddler “shut that nigger baby up,” a male passenger allegedly slapped the 19-month-old across the face as a flight prepared to land in Atlanta last Friday evening, The Smoking Gun has learned.

The shocking February 8 incident aboard Delta Airlines Flight 721 resulted in Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, being charged with simple assault, according to a U.S. District Court affidavit. Hundley, seen at right, is president of an aircraft parts manufacturer headquartered in Hayden, Idaho.

In an interview, Hundley denied striking the toddler or using a racial slur, though he did acknowledge that he “asked the mother to quiet the child.” Hundley, who said he was traveling to Atlanta to visit a hospitalized relative, described himself as “distraught” on the flight, during which he said he consumed a single alcoholic drink.

As detailed by FBI Agent Daron Cheney, Hundley was traveling to Atlanta from Minneapolis in seat 28A on the MD-90 twin-engine jet. He was seated next to Jessica Bennett, who shared seat 28B with her son Jonah.

Bennett, 33, told investigators that the “aircraft was in final descent” to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when her child “started to cry due to the altitude change.” Bennett added that she “was trying to get to stop crying, but he continued.”

At this point, Bennett recalled, Hundley used the racial epithet as he told her to shut the child up. He then allegedly “turned around and slapped” the toddler in the face “with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder.” The slap, Bennett said, “caused a scratch below right eye.”

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/baby-slapped-on-plane-571923

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Reply FBI: Man used racial slur before striking crying toddler on Delta flight. (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Feb 2013 OP
riverbendviewgal Feb 2013 #1
ZombieHorde Feb 2013 #2
JI7 Feb 2013 #3
Bluzmann57 Feb 2013 #4
goclark Feb 2013 #29
atreides1 Feb 2013 #39
Ilsa Feb 2013 #42
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #5
indepat Feb 2013 #6
Bucky Feb 2013 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #10
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #8
indepat Feb 2013 #9
Cha Feb 2013 #15
Cleita Feb 2013 #12
Cleita Feb 2013 #13
Cleita Feb 2013 #11
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Feb 2013 #16
Cleita Feb 2013 #18
jsr Feb 2013 #14
mythology Feb 2013 #19
HipChick Feb 2013 #20
stevenleser Feb 2013 #21
stevenleser Feb 2013 #23
jsr Feb 2013 #24
Nevernose Feb 2013 #37
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #17
Catherine Vincent Feb 2013 #22
Logical Feb 2013 #25
Catherine Vincent Feb 2013 #34
Logical Feb 2013 #35
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #59
MRDAWG Feb 2013 #26
AverageJoe90 Feb 2013 #27
ajk2821 Feb 2013 #28
goclark Feb 2013 #30
dlwickham Feb 2013 #32
PotatoChip Feb 2013 #51
lunasun Feb 2013 #52
dlwickham Feb 2013 #31
csziggy Feb 2013 #33
seabeyond Feb 2013 #38
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #41
cali Feb 2013 #48
City Lights Feb 2013 #57
Horse with no Name Feb 2013 #36
HipChick Feb 2013 #43
Horse with no Name Feb 2013 #44
lunasun Feb 2013 #53
goclark Feb 2013 #60
wtmusic Feb 2013 #40
Horse with no Name Feb 2013 #45
ellie Feb 2013 #46
ajk2821 Feb 2013 #49
ellie Feb 2013 #50
jmowreader Feb 2013 #47
SheilaT Feb 2013 #54
HipChick Feb 2013 #55
SheilaT Feb 2013 #56
Pisces Feb 2013 #58

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:46 PM

1. This just entered on other thread

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2381969

Nasty man...he deserves to be facebooked and shamed....and sued and put in jail.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:46 PM

2. Hate crimes against toddlers?!?!?!?! Holy fucking shit. nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:48 PM

3. wow, this thread plus calling the PRes the N word thread, and the thread

of the nurse being told she can't take care of a baby because she is black .

people aren't even trying to hide anymore it seems.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:52 PM

4. Slap my baby and call her a racial name and see what happens.

That asshole would have been begging for that plane to not only land, but run over him as well. Let's hope he is punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:35 PM

29. I'm with you ~ Ms. goclark,


who happens to be African American, would be climbing over the seat to give him an Ali Punch. They would have to pull me off of him if he touched my grandchild!

I would do it no matter what race my grandchild was -- my extended family is Japanese /Chinese/ Black/White and we all get along great.

Hell is way too good for Fools like that idiot!

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:59 PM

39. I tell you what

If it was my child, that clown would still be visiting his relative in the hospital...in the other bed!!!

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:26 PM

42. I would have jumped him

As soon as seeing him strike anyone's child.
Asshole needs to go to jail.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:52 PM

5. What's this big shot Captain of Industry doing riding in coach, anyhow?

You'd think he'd want a first class seat so he wouldn't have to rub shoulders with any of the 47%ers. Or hit their babies.

Pig.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:03 PM

6. Any independent witnesses hearing the racial epithet and seeing the toddler struck in the face?

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Response to indepat (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:05 PM

7. The article seems to indicate an FBI agent was right next to the mom.

Not a bad choice, as far as witnesses go.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:08 PM

10. I don't think the FBI agent was on the plane;

more likely he was citing witness reports. Also, even if he'd been there he couldn't have been sitting right next to the mom because the configuration on the MD-90 is Seat A, Seat B, aisle, then seats C, D and E. Slapper guy had the window seat, mom had the aisle seat with baby on her lap.

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Response to indepat (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:06 PM

8. Yes. Read the whole Smoking Gun article.

Another passenger said he both heard the epithet and saw the slap.

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Response to indepat (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:07 PM

9. Yes, you dummy: read the URL

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Response to indepat (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:41 PM

15. Good Advice..

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:11 PM

12. I doubt if he's any of that. Hayden is a place on a lake in the woods.

I don't ever remember seeing any big industry there.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:12 PM

13. He probably makes airplane parts in his barn. n/t

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:09 PM

11. Hayden, Idaho is where the Aryan Nation was once headquartered.

There still are a bunch of those loonies still there. I hope the Southern Poverty Law Center gets involved.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:42 PM

16. Isn't some other group starting a militia compound in Northern Idaho?

It's a pretty area. Sorry they're attracting so many whack jobs.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:33 PM

18. There's a bunch of them. In Montana too. But these people really aren't locals,

people who are descendants of the original settlers many of French and Norwegian decent and native Americans. Those locals aren't racist. The racists have moved up there from south of there because the places they originated from didn't want them and their wacko ideas either. The people of those inland forests tended to leave them alone so they settled in. I lived up there for five years. It is really lovely. Too bad they always vote for the Republican who doesn't give a shit about preserving the heritage and wilderness areas of the place.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:39 PM

14. Put him on the no-fly list

Last edited Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:05 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to jsr (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:40 PM

19. Please reconsider this post

It implies that he should suffer some sort of prison attack. Whether it's meant to be physical or sexual, it's not cool either way.

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Response to mythology (Reply #19)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:53 PM

20. It's not cool to hit a baby either...

He has previous record for attacking a woman too..

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Response to jsr (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:56 PM

21. It's never fun when someone asks you to reconsider your post, but please think about it.

There is enormous consensus on DU that cheering on rape for a criminal or alleged criminal is an ugly thing.

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Response to jsr (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:13 PM

23. Thank you, it takes a lot of class to do the right thing in that situation, and you clearly have a

lot of it (class).

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #23)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:15 PM

24. No problemo

Good catch. Thanks.

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Response to jsr (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:57 PM

37. Editing is a sign of class

Good job, and thank you.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:58 PM

17. The picture of Jonah in the pumpkin patch is so cute.

How anyone could strike this child's sweet face is beyond me.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:59 PM

22. Oh my God...this is unbelievable

What the hell is wrong with that racist fool? If this did happen, they should lock this sorry racist bastid up and throw away the key. If this had happened to my child, there is no way, this man would have been able to walk off that plane without a limp.

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Response to Catherine Vincent (Reply #22)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:17 PM

25. LOL, life in prison for simple assault? n-t

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Response to Logical (Reply #25)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:51 PM

34. Well...not really

This just makes me mad and can't believe it actually happened.

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Response to Catherine Vincent (Reply #34)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:52 PM

35. It is amazing how rude and stupid some people are. If I would have been sitting by him....

I would have been glad to restrain him.

He deserves a night or two in jail for sure!

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Response to Logical (Reply #25)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:17 PM

59. Hate crime and a Fed charge

He could be looking at a decent stint in federal prison, plus a civil suit.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:26 PM

26. Small children should be put in the back.........................

nothing to do with race.

I don't like loud people of ANY age.
I don't want to hear your story, ipod, movie , child etc.
Especially on a closed in place. No cell phones on airplanes because of this.

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Response to MRDAWG (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:29 PM

27. Yeah, but this guy HIT the kid.....

And called him the "N" word......

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Response to MRDAWG (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:33 PM

28. How about you move then

If you don't want to sit next to the child, offer to switch seats with a person in back. I bet you might get some takers. I have three kids and due to my wife's work, we travel quite a bit. We pay full fare, just like you, for our kids seats. Despite that, I have been told by passengers and attendants that we can't use over head space for our kids luggage; that our three kids all have to sit on our laps so they can seat other passengers (we buy 5 seats for 5 people) among other things.

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Response to ajk2821 (Reply #28)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:41 PM

30. I'm with you ! ~ Adults should act like

ADULTS!

Young Children are usually doing fine on the planes that I've been on recently / age appropriate -- it's the crazy Adults that can get on my nerves.

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Response to ajk2821 (Reply #28)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:49 PM

32. like it's safer for your kids to sit on your lap

than in a seat? If I paid for 5 seats, I want my five seats

that makes absolutely no sense

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Response to ajk2821 (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:19 PM

51. If I paid for 5 seats, I would be using them.

No matter what other passengers and attendants say. And I'm the type of person who always tries to avoid conflict, if at all possible.

Maybe these people don't realize that you paid for all 5 seats?

As to the OP, what a despicable thing this man did! I hope he will be penalized as far as the law will allow.

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Response to ajk2821 (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:22 PM

52. 5 tkts = 5 seats = 5 carry on luggage spaces - If that happens again get their full name , let them

know you have 5 tkts and ask what their reasoning is -
You bought the 5tkts
& need to show them to the attendant
perhaps they do not know if the seats are unassigned that 5 tkts were purchased
SYG on that
If they refuse report them to the airlines, make sure you get their name and all other attendants that agree with them on the flight. They may be just ASSuming you have only 3 tickets

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Response to MRDAWG (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:47 PM

31. they make these things called ear plugs

maybe you should invest in a pair before the next time you fly

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Response to MRDAWG (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:50 PM

33. Perhaps you should consider flying in private aircraft

That way you can totally control who flies in the same closed in space as you.

Children are people, too. If their parents have paid for a ticket, they have as much right to be in the seat assigned as you do in yours. If you don't like the company of the people in the plane, then you should consider alternative modes of transportation, not try to segregate those who do not meet your criteria.

Earplugs or noise canceling headphones work, too.

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Response to MRDAWG (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:59 PM

38. wow. the whole world has gotta adjust to you. that is the problem. it isnt always about you. nt

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Response to MRDAWG (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:21 PM

41. Yes, sometimes small children on airplanes can be annoying.

That doesn't mean you get to call them names or hit them. Or even whine about how children are SO annoying that they all ought to have to ride in the back. What it means is that, since you are the grownup you get to behave yourself. Use earplugs or a noise-cancelling headset, or just suck it up. You won't be on the plane forever.

Jeez.

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Response to MRDAWG (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:07 AM

48. Go the fuck away

this is about a grown man hitting a crying small child and using racial slurs. Clearly, genius, it had everything to do with race and a racist pig.

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Response to MRDAWG (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:10 PM

57. I suggest you get yourself a jetpak so you can fly solo.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #36)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:34 PM

43. His mother is white BTW...

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Response to HipChick (Reply #43)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:29 PM

53. Wow you would not guess that by all the racist comments about the mother I have read...

Some are just directed to the poor child
....like the one I read said that the baby cries a lot because he doesn't know who his father is like most black babies

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Response to HipChick (Reply #43)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:31 PM

60. Maybe I missed that ~ the Mom was White

and the Father was Black?

The "N" Word was not appropriate in any situation. I am African American and my grandfather was " More White / Blue eyes, Fair skin looking" etc.

One day when I was abt. 6, he took me shopping downtown in a Big City in the East. In those times, especially for African Americans, when we went " Downtown" we were dressed in our " Sunday Best." ~ that meant I was wearing a pretty blue dress, a little purse, don't remember the color and shiny new black patent leather shoes.

A White lady was walking toward us and said......

"What a beautiful little girl, is that your maid's child?"

My wonderful grandfather ( who was the beloved Butler for an extremely wealthy White Man) calmly told her....

" This is my wonderful grandchild and I am a proud Colored Man - "good day "

I am now a Senior and I still remember that experience. The lady appeared to be in what I would call "total shock!"

I often wonder how she handled other situations that involved RACE during her lifetime.



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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:03 PM

40. He's been arrested on concealed-weapon charges

Figures.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:06 AM

46. As an aside,

I just flew Delta from Atlanta and they have to be the worst. I was flying next to an unaccompanied minor who was beyond fidgety, thanks to the flight attendants who kept him filled up on cookies. Thanks! Just what I wanted to do: babysit.

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Response to ellie (Reply #46)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:52 AM

49. Again ask to be moved

They will happily try to move you or just be a man and then they will make you move since men can't sit next to unaccompanied minors. And as an added bonus, they will imply that you are a child molester too when they move you.

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Response to ajk2821 (Reply #49)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:47 AM

50. I would have but the plane was full

Every flight I am on is like the last flight out of Saigon: filled to the brim.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:26 AM

47. I just called my newsroom...

and asked them if anyone knew there was an aircraft parts manufacturer in Hayden before tonight.

"Yeah, I THINK we ran a story about them five or six years ago."

I looked on Google Maps for the company; its building is smaller than most of the barns around here.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:16 PM

54. The racial epithet, however despicable,

is in my opinion, trivial. Slapping someone else's child? He should have been taken off the plane in hand cuffs.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #54)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:02 PM

55. Racial slur? Trivial? I don't think so...

It is something that poor baby will be dealing with the rest of his life as long as racists like that are around

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Response to HipChick (Reply #55)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:07 PM

56. I don't intend to be trivializing the racial slur.

You're right, that child will probably be dealing with them the rest of his life, and I can only hope will learn how to deal with them.

But if I, a white woman, were travelling on a plane with my toddler (which I did when the boys were that age) and if they started crying, which happened more than once, I would of course do all I could to sooth my child and get him to stop crying. If the man in the next seat slapped my child, I would absolutely demand that he be arrest for battery.

Hitting a child? Someone else's child? As I said, the man should have been taken off the plane in handcuffs.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:15 PM

58. I hope random people slap this man when he least expects it.

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