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Ex-Scout leader’s personal injury lawsuit questioned after park vandalism video

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, October 21, 2013 19:30 EDT
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Ex-Scout leader's personal injury suit questioned after park vandalism video [KUTV-TV]
 
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The video of Glenn Taylor apparently vandalizing a 170 million-year-old rock formation in Utah has not only cost him his position as a Boy Scouts leader, but it has added some questions to a personal injury lawsuit he filed in September 2013, four years after an auto accident he says left him with an injured back.

KUTV-TV reported on Saturday that Taylor’s lawsuit against Alan Macdonald and his daughter argues that, despite his not being hospitalized after the 2009 crash involving their vehicles, the incident caused him to endure “great pain and suffering, disability, impairment [and] loss of joy of life.”

However, Taylor can be seen smiling widely after pushing a 2,000-pound “Sandstone Goblin” rock over at Goblin Valley State Park. When asked by KUTV to explain his apparent lack of physical trauma in the video, Taylor explained, “You didn’t see how hard I pushed.” He also told KUTV, “You don’t have my authority to put this online, to put this on the news.”

While Taylor’s attorney, Mark Stubbs, indicated to KUTV that the footage does not mean Taylor did not suffer after the accident, arguing that he could continue to incur medical expenses because of it for years to come. But Macdonald seemed to be skeptical after watching the video.

“He lines up, gets leverage and pushes that big old rock several times before he finally pushes it over,” Macdonald told KUTV. “Then he turns and twists and high fives and yucks it up and flexes his muscles. He just doesn’t look like a terribly disabled person to me.”

While Taylor has been the subject of death threats and a possible lawsuit against him for his actions at Goblin Valley, CBS News reported on Monday that officials with his Boy Scouts group announced that both he and colleague Dave Hall, who can also be seen in the video, have been fired from their posts.

Watch KUTV’s report on Taylor’s lawsuit, aired on Saturday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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