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Tutu-Wearing Marine Arrested for Beating Up Actual Disabled Veteran

Daniel Priotti, Halloween 2012

Daniel Priotti, Halloween 2012

Christopher M. Dabney

Christopher M. Dabney

Proud Marine Christopher Dabney, 22, was arrested in Gainesville, Florida, around 2:30 a.m. on November 1, 2012, after an altercation outside the Pita Pit restaurant with a man in a wheelchair, Daniel Priotti, 35. According to the police report, on spotting Priotti in line, Dabney, whose costume was a tutu, reportedly called Priotti a fake, assuming that he was dressed in a disabled vet costume for Halloween. Offended, Dabney reached down off his moral high-horse long enough to hit Priotti twice, knocking him out of the wheelchair. Priotti, however, actually is a disabled Army vet, and is paralyzed from the chest down. On the ground, he remained unresponsive for several seconds. Luckily, a Pita Pit employee saw the attack and heroically jumped over the counter as Dabney was attempting to leave. Dabney was stopped by witness Alejandro Lemoine who told the Gainesville Sun, “As he was leaving I stopped him and said, man, you have to own up to this. You just hit a handicapped person twice. You made him fall over. Another guy came out — there were enough people that he didn’t get away with it.” Dabney was held for police, arrested, charged with abuse of the disabled, and sent to the lockup where he should be safe from any ballerinas who might take offense at his tutu.

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