Being an amputee may be frustrating,but it is never an excuse for domestic violence. Track Palin has no excuse for punching, kicking, and scarring the new mother of his child. Jordan Loewe was the recipient of the anger Track inflicted on her on January 18, 2016. It is clear that Jordan is now pregnant with Sarah’s 4th or 5th grandchild.
It’s important to remember what was filed in the police report from that 9-1-1- call.
- The disturbance occurred at Sarah’s home.
- Track’s breathalizer showed a blood alcohol level of 0.189. That represents more than twice the legal limit in Alaska for intoxication(0.08) and more than 4 times the legal limit is the perpetrator is driving(.04).
- Track was described by the police officer as “uncooperative” “belligerent,” “evasive,” and angry.
- Track denied that a firearm had been involved.
- Jordan Loewe was hiding under a bed, crying, and “distraught.”
- Track struck Jordan with a closed fist on the left side of her face, near her eye.
- Track was screaming at Jordan and calling her names.
- Track kicked Jordan.
- Jordan fell to the ground in a fetal position because she “didn’t know what else he would do.”
- Track damaged Jordan’s cell phone, attempting to prevent her call for help.
- During the encounter Track pointed an assault weapon at himself, even though it was not loaded.
Track was charged with three criminal charges. Two that related to Jordan and one that related to possession of a gun while intoxicated. Now that the state has entered into a plea bargain the two charges involving Jordan have been dropped. The only charge remaining is a charge of misconduct involving a weapon in the fourth degree. Thus the state of Alaska has a vested interest in protecting Track Palin from committing violence against himself. However the same isn’t true regarding protecting women from their male abusers.
As part of the plea deal, Track will be required to complete an “alcohol-related” treatment, but there was noticeably nothing required regarding an anger management treatment or anything related to the domestic violence charge.
Perhaps the most egregious part of the plea bargain is what will happen if Track fails to successfully complete even the “alcohol-related” treatment. He doesn’t go to jail. He doesn’t have the domestic violence charged reinstated. His only penalty is a SUSPENDED sentence and INFORMAL probation. If he complete’s the alcohol related treatment, his record will be expunged. That means that, like the cutting of the brake lines on school buses, it would be like it never happened.
No wonder Alaska is the rape capital of the country. In 2013 the Alaska Dispatch reported:
“One in every four women in Alaska will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. The Alaska rape rate is 2-1/2 times the national average, and the child sexual assault rate in Alaska is close to six times the national average.“
In 2007, before Sarah had resigned as Governor, the Council on Domestic Violence reported to Sarah:
“For the last 28 years, Alaska has ranked among the top five states in the nation for forcible rape; in 2006 Alaska’s rate was 76 per 100,000 – the next nearest state (Nevada) was 56 per 100,000 and the national average was 32.7 (FBI, Crime in the United States, 2006) • Bureau of Justice statistics show that Alaska led the nation in the rate of men murdering women in 2002, 2003 and 2004; Alaska fell to 2nd place in 2005 but remains at nearly twice the national average per 100,000 deaths • According to a 2006 survey by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 75% of Alaskans have experienced or know someone who has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault • 9.2% of students in grades 9-12 report having been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to; 12.4% of the students said they had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the past 12 months.”
When she talks about Track’s violent behavior, she blames it on President Obama.
The District Attorney for Anchorage, Clint Campion, says that Palin is not getting any special treatment by the state. “I’m not treating his case any different than I would anyone under the same charges or circumstances,” Campion said.
However Mr. Campion is the attorney responsible for bring charges against another Alaskan resident that relate to domestic violence. Mr. Vandergriff acted in a way that was remarkable similar to Track Palin, although the woman who was the subject of his rage wasn’t pregnant. It will be interesting watch and see if Mr. Campion treats the Vandergriff case similar to his plea bargain with TrackPalin.
I wonder if Todd Palin will view this incident as a sign that Track is ready to follow in his father’s foot steps in the Palin family business?