Tuesday, December 06, 2005

KU professor hospitalized after beating.

Nation: Paul Mirecki was alleged beaten on a rural road, details are a bit sketchy.

KU professor Paul Mirecki was hospitalized Monday morning after he was beaten in rural Douglas County, he said. Mirecki said two men beat him for about one minute with a metal object, striking him repeatedly on the head, shoulders and back. Mirecki, chairman of the department of religious studies, drew criticism from University officials and state legislators last week after e-mails he had sent to a list server became public. In the messages, he made remarks about Christian fundamentalists that some considered offensive. He had planned to teach a class on intelligent design in the spring, but he cancelled the class Thursday. Mirecki said the assailants made reference to the creationism controversy. “I had no idea who they were, but they certainly knew who I was,” he said. Mirecki said he spent between three and four hours at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he received X-Rays and a CAT-scan. He said he suffered a broken tooth but didn’t specify other injuries he may have sustained. He confirmed police reports that the incident occurred in rural Douglas County at about 6:40 a.m., but declined to specify the location or say why he was there. Kari Wempe of the Douglas County Sheriff’s office said the incident occurred south of Lawrence. Wempe described the suspects as two white men between 30 and 40 years of age who left the scene in a large pickup truck. The sheriff’s office reported that one of the men wore a red visor-style ball cap and wool gloves and both men wore jeans.
A bit more details from Journal World.
Kansas University religious studies professor Paul Mirecki reported he was beaten by two men about 6:40 a.m. today on a roadside in rural Douglas County. In a series of interviews late this afternoon, Mirecki said the men who beat him were making references to the controversy that has propelled him into the headlines in recent weeks. “I didn’t know them, but I’m sure they knew me,” he said. Mirecki said he was driving to breakfast when he noticed the men tailgating him in a pickup truck. “I just pulled over hoping they would pass, and then they pulled up real close behind,” he said. “They got out, and I made the mistake of getting out.” He said the men beat him about the upper body with their fists, and he said he thinks they struck him with a metal object. He was treated and released at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. “I’m mostly shaken up, and I got some bruises and sore spots,” he said. Douglas County Sheriff’s Officials are classifying the case as an aggravated battery. They wouldn’t say exactly where the incident happened, citing the ongoing investigation The sheriff’s department is looking for the suspects, described as two white males between ages 30 and 40, one wearing a red visor and wool gloves, and both wearing jeans. They were last seen in a large pickup truck.
I do wonder if this is another Kerri Dunn incident. If not, this is terrible and he didn't deserve it at all.

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