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Diner assaults elderly couple after being asked to stop cussing, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published April 7, 2014 at 7:52 a.m.

Jocelyn J Thornton

Arrested in Pulaski County, AR on April 7, 2014

A Little Rock woman pushed an elderly man and assaulted his wife Sunday night after being asked to stop cursing at a local restaurant, authorities said.

Jocelyn Thornton, 33, was arrested about 9:20 p.m. on charges of second-degree battery and second-degree assault.

Police say the victims reported they were eating at Cuisine of China at 7316 Geyer Springs Road when Thornton began cursing as she talked loudly on her phone in the dining room.

The 74-year-old man "asked her to stop cussing," Little Rock police wrote in an arrest report, adding Thornton then went to the couple's table, began pushing the man and cursing his wife as she got up.

Thornton then hit the 69-year-old woman on the side of the face before grabbing her around the neck when she pushed back, the report said. The woman reportedly suffered scratches on her neck and a bruise and scratch on her left wrist.

Thornton remained in the Pulaski County jail Monday morning with bail set at $10,750. She is due in court later Monday for a preliminary appearance.

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Firefighter says... April 7, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.

Too bad the gentleman wasn't packing with a ccl. He could have reduced to population by one and we would have been a lot better off. Police would have time to do other work, the courts would have been less busy, and jails space would be less full.

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djigoo says... April 7, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

So we kill her for what she did.

It's like talking to Jesus Himself around here sometimes.

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Populist says... April 7, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

Her lack of civility is not that surprising given some of the responses on here. SurferDuude seems to think that it is not uncivil to characterize all young black women as baby mommas etc. Some young black women of that age in Little Rock are employed, happily married, and college graduates. SurferDuude seems that it is uncivil for me to call these characterizations racist. I do believe that is what racism is; characterizing people by the color of their skin. I don't think that it is racist to characterize this woman in derogatory terms because she earned it. It is racism to judge all young black women by her behavior.

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RaylanGivens says... April 7, 2014 at 3:29 p.m.

Get off of your high horse Pop; your buddy djigoo is the most hate filled person on these pages and you give him a pass every time.

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Packman says... April 7, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.

@djigoo - "And someday, so shall pathetickman." Surfergoo, how do you pack all that hate into such a wee little man body? You make a lame attempt to disparage people who see the woman's actions as reprehensible and the product of a dysfunctional culture and perceive your comments as NOT being in defense of her actions....... Delusional, djigoo, you are simply delusional. You are also showing your ignorance about the CHCL laws in Arkansas, surfergoo. A CCHL holder would have been justified in shooting her graveyard dead if they could have reasonably believed those old folk's life was in danger due to the attack. So yes, it is possible she could have been justifiably killed for the attack. It's the law, djigoo, a law BTW based on Christian values.
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@Populist - Bless your heart, I specifically used the word "odds" and not "all". And the data is consistent with what I said. The data is not racist. Data is what it is. To solve these problems society must first have frank discussions untethered by catcalls about racism and sexism as a means to properly identify the problem and work toward a solution. You really don't get it, do you, Pop........... You may apologize to me at any time for mischaracterizing what I said (odds versus all).

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djigoo says... April 7, 2014 at 3:39 p.m.

Ooh! Touched a nerve or two there, Pop! Good job.

Sometimes confronting the truth is painful.

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Populist says... April 7, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

SurferDude,

Over 50% of black women ages 18-24 are enrolled in college. Your attempt to stereotype all young black women as "baby mommas" is inaccurate and racist. While it is fine to point out statistics in the course of a debate, but you continuously harp on the bad statistics and seem obsessed with pointing out failings in what you see as the "black" culture. Blacks are a diverse group of people. Yes, there is a huge problem in the lower class black areas in Little Rock, Baltimore, D.C., and other inner city neighborhoods, but let's not insult all black people when discussing solutions to problems. Racism is not a solution to anything; hate always just makes problems worth. If you want to see a good example of discourteous behavior, go up to Youtube and see a film of how the Little Rock Nine were "welcomed" in to Central High.

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NoUserName says... April 7, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.

Pop: "Over 50% of black women ages 18-24 are enrolled in college."
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Would you mind citing your source? That seems rather on the high side and I didn't have any luck looking. Incidentally, how's the graduation rate?
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"Racism is not a solution to anything"
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Unfortunately, discounting opinions as 'racist' isn't a solution either.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 7, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.

NUN, forgive her, she is an old (W) woman.

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