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Sarah Palin’s oldest son arrested in domestic violence case

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    Track Palin was arrested in a domestic violence case in which his girlfriend was afraid he would shoot himself with an AR-15 assault rifle.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska >> The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was arrested in a domestic violence case in which his girlfriend was afraid he would shoot himself with an AR-15 assault rifle, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Track Palin, 26, is charged with assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possessing a weapon while intoxicated in connection with the incident Monday night at the Wasilla home of his parents, where he lives, according to an affidavit by police.

The girlfriend told authorities she was punched in the face by Palin, who is the oldest child of Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and conservative icon.

The charges were filed Tuesday, the same day Sarah Palin endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump before voting begins with the Iowa caucuses.

There is no telephone listing for the girlfriend. The court documents say the woman, Track Palin’s girlfriend of one year, had bruising and swelling around her left eye, and she said her right knee hurt after Palin kicked her there.

Palin family attorney John Tiemessen declined to comment on the matter other than to say in an email that respect for the family’s privacy is appreciated “as Track receives the help that he and many of our returning veterans need.” Palin’s arraignment was held Tuesday, but Tiemessen was not sure if he entered a plea yet.

According to the three-page affidavit, both Palin and his girlfriend called 911 that night. Police Officer Andrew Kappler wrote that he arrived at the Wasilla home and found Track Palin walking outside and talking on a phone. The officer said Palin had an injury to his right eye and surrounding area, smelled strongly of alcohol and acted with escalating hostility, prompting Kappler to put him in handcuffs.

Police say a breath sample provided by Palin showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.189.

The affidavit says other officers found the girlfriend hiding under a bed inside the home and crying.

The argument continued at the home, according to the affidavit, which says Palin struck the woman with his fist on the left side of her head near her eye. She curled up in the fetal position because she didn’t know what else he would do, the woman told police. She said he then kicked her in the knee and threw her phone across the driveway, according to the court document. The woman said she went inside after getting her phone.

Inside, Palin held the rifle, with the barrel just away from his face pointed to the side, the affidavit states. The affidavit adds that the woman told police Palin was yelling “Do you think I won’t do it?”

The girlfriend “was concerned that he would shoot himself and ran outside and around the house,” the affidavit says. “She didn’t see where Palin went, so she went inside and up the stairs, where she hid under a bed.”

It’s not the first encounter with the law for Palin or other members of his family. In September 2014, he and other Palins were involved in a brawl that broke out at a party in Anchorage. No arrests were made in the melee, and no one wanted to press charges. But according to a police report, Palin had blood around his mouth and his hands. He was belligerent until his mother told him to talk to a police officer.

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  • Imagine if this were a famous Democrat family – the Obamas, for instance. If this kind of violence and anger were coming from such a family, the right-wing conserrvatives’ heads would be exploding with distress and angst. As it is – you watch! – they’ll find a way to explain away this multiple offender’s actions. And then ask us all to be understanding of their desire for privacy.

    • Palin is already doing that. According to their attorney, they’re asking for privacy “as Track receives the help that he and many of our returning veterans need.” What an insult to our veterans. Republicans have double standards. They differ according to whether you’re one of them or not. For example, with the current issue regarding Ted Cruz having been born in a foreign country which he readily admits, Republicans think it’s just fine because one of his parents was an American. So why didn’t the same argument hold for Obama? Even assuming Obama was born outside of America (which all the evidence shows he was not; he was born in Hawaii), he too had an American parent so why was all the birther c r a p being tossed around? HYPOCRITES!

        • The same way how Winston rails against welfare, but refuses to criticize his inbred cousins the bundy’s use of it themselves.

      • agree. I was always amazed that the Palins, famous for being a bit sleazy in Alaska, would have gained such a reputation. Shame on Mcain for ever letter her run for anything let alone VP. She was in no way qualified. She was always a self-promoter and entertainer.

    • Part of the Palin shibai was the claim that she was an evangelical and that her family waS AN ALAmerican family. They never were that. It was all entertainment for the low informaTION voter

  • Is this really newsworthy? Domestic violence is a daily occurrence in Hawaii. Just read the daily paper. The fact that it’s a relative of Sarah Palin’s and Sarah just endorsed Donald Trump doesn’t make it newsworthy.

    Nothing like slanting the news in a feeble attempt to bring down Trump.

    • I don’t think the attempt was to bring down Trump. You’re right domestic violence, as well as dui, theft all happen here and everywhere else. But of course news carriers put it out there. The same is true of Johnny Football, or Paul Walker. I think you’re overreaching.

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