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Riot police deployed against Tea Party protesters

This is beyond freakin' ridiculous:

Quincy Tea Party members wanted President Barack Obama to know they were present Wednesday afternoon during his appearance in Quincy.

About 200 people protesting Obama's policies loudly chanted "USA, USA" as his motorcade made its way out of the Oakley-Lindsay Center, then sang "Hey, hey, hey, goodbye" as the vehicle went by.

The participants were vocal but well-behaved as they stood on the north side of York Street across from the OLC.

"Having the president come is really something," organizer Steve McQueen said. "But we do not agree with all the policies of Obama and the current Congress, and we wanted to make sure he knows we are here."

The crowd carried signs with messages ranging from "Give Us Liberty Not Debt" to yellow flags saying "Don't Tread On Me."

Urged on by people with megaphones, the crowd shouted slogans, among them "Remember in November" and "You work for us."

Tea party groups protest government spending and policies infringing on personal freedoms. The Quincy Tea Party had a well-attended rally in Washington Park last fall.

"We've always been respectful and acted with dignity," McQueen said. "We are out to make our case and make it peacefully."

There were a few tense moments when the crowd moved west down York toward Third Street after the president's motorcade arrived. A Secret Service agent asked the crowd to move back across the street to the north side.

When the crowd didn't move and began singing "God Bless, America" and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.

The officers, mainly from Metro East departments near St. Louis and dressed in full body armor, marched from the east and stood on the south side of York facing the protesters.

There was no physical contact, and the officers did not come close to the crowd, but there were catcalls and more than a few upset tea party members, including a woman who shouted, "This is communism!"

McQueen also assisted in asking people to step back to the north side of York. The crowd moved back, the officers stayed for about 15 minutes and left, and there were no other incidents.

"It's just a communication issue. We were trying to get them to move across the street," Quincy Deputy Police Chief Curt Kelty said. "We were just trying to move them back, they complied, and it was fine."

Big Government supplies us with video of the show of force:

Pictures of the protesters who sparked the call for police in full gear at the link.

You've got to feel for the cops in this charade.

Dana Loesch has more:

Who gave the order to call in the riot police on protesters? Word is that Secret Service from inside the venue and the presidential team pressured local law enforcement, who were against the idea. Local cops were overruled, I'm told by various sources, including a few members of local press. Moore reported that she overheard Secret Service telling the riot squad to "push them back, out of sight."

Intimidation tactic. Plain and simple. There was no violence, no arguments, just a couple hundred patriots who sang patriotic songs and wore red, white, and blue. Unbelievable.

Indeed.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Comments (29)

Is our president such a wus... (Below threshold)
Cindermutha:

Is our president such a wuss that he's afraid of some elderly ladies at a tea party? This is a total PR loser for him. I'm already hearing jokes about him being afraid a spontaneous bingo game might break out (GASP! The horror!)

I saw a story from Reuters ... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I saw a story from Reuters this morning talking about mass Hispanic rallies in 70 cities tomorrow that you really should read.

It's at http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63R5HP20100428, and it's titled "Arizona immigrant law energizes Hispanics, Democrats".

Read it carefully, including the quotes they use and the wishful thinking that is built into it. And don't miss the related story on the same page, "Special Report: Rapid growth of militias feeds off politics" at http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63R5HP20100428.

Don't try to tell me Reuters is "just reporting the news". It may be that Reuters is doing what "important" journalists do for a living, and that is to inflame a really big story. It might just be liberal GroupThink. But don't try to tell me that somebody in Washington isn't breathing into somebody else's ear at Reuters hoping this blows up into something major.

How do you blunt the Tea Party movement? By stirring up race riots to focus attention somewhere else. If it gets bloody enough, who's going to pay attention to the Tea Party movement. Classic stage management. Democrats don't have to DO anything overt that can be traced back to the White House. They just have to toss a little racial gasoline, stand out of the way, and let it happen. The perfect political strategy.

I haven't seen any worried news stories about La Raza, racism in the Hispanic community, hate speech on Hispanic radio, talk about sedition, or attacks on liberal politicians for stirring up hatred. Watch the news stories and see how they develop. Nothing better than a big shitstorm on a Friday.

No, I can't prove any of this, and I hope I'm wrong as hell, because it would signal a really scary new era in national politics. I wouldn't like to think our own government would do anything deliberate, at least anything that would leave fingerprints behind. But I smell Democrat all over this, and I suspect this is about the immigration bill, the November elections and our President's agenda. My gut tells me we're being played again. But I'm wrong all the time. You make up your own mind.

If I'm right, Democrats should pay attention to what they wish for. They just might get it. The trick is controlling the genie once it's out of the bottle.

If I were one of those offi... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

If I were one of those officers dressed in that riot gear and deployed against that polite tea party protest I'd pretty much feel like a dweeb.

I feel sorry for the riot s... (Below threshold)
Rodney:

I feel sorry for the riot squad, probably the first time they had to march in formation to a riot. Where they out of step?

LOL, we marched better in O... (Below threshold)
epador:

LOL, we marched better in OTS for doctors, lawyers and chaplains (the Senior NCO Academy participants loved to jeer at our incompetence). I thought maybe they were part of some wild street theater at first when I viewed the video.

This wil be a classic and could inspire some interesting campaign commercials.

I can't help but think this... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I can't help but think this was done to provoke the protesters. The problem being that tea-party protesters are not out of control or violent.

This simply made the police, and by extention whoever called them, look foolish.

Side note to bobdog. Excellent points but I don't think this diversion will take away from the Tea Party movement. Supporters of the Az law are labeled racists, tea party supporters are labeled racists. It's essentially the same group being targetted by liberals, the middle and upper/middle class. This may well encourage more resistance to the liberal/Obama agenda.

What did that 'show of forc... (Below threshold)
dnb:

What did that 'show of force' cost the good citizens of Quincy? Did any reporters report how the riot squad felt about being so well-protected from the assembled masses. Reminds me of something out of 'Naked Gun.'

This is called "babysitting... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

This is called "babysitting."

So the TENSE moment, accord... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

So the TENSE moment, according to the state controlled media, involved the singing of God Bless America!! WOW! I'm surprised the riot squad didn't bring a bazooka!!

This is called "community o... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

This is called "community organizing on a national level", maybe.

In the case of Quincy, my guess is the president's handlers didn't want any protesting within camera view of his appearance. I was struck by the comment about the Secret Service advocating a show of force to local law enforcement. I have the highest respect for the Secret Service (particularly after the way they were mistreated by the Clintons in years past and the classy way they kept their abuse inhouse), but I can easily imagine a political type telling the Secret Service guys to see what they could do to push the crowd back because it wouldn't look good for the president. Like most politians, Obama's pretty shrewd about window dressing and stacking the crowd whenever he can for public appearances. I guess it's the way politics works these days. Who knows? Like I said, this is just speculation. I don't have an inside track on this.

Anyway, let's see what kind of babysitting occurs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and how the drama gets reported in the media. If the Reuters stuff I mentioned is how the story is going to read, it's going to be a hot summer. We'll get to count the rings on the toilet bowl on the way down.

Sure, Adrian. And did you ... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Sure, Adrian. And did you say the same asinine thing during the Bush years?

Is our presiden... (Below threshold)
Is our president such a wuss that he's afraid of some elderly ladies at a tea party?
I'm sure they must have reminded him of his grandmother.
O.k. Adrian, so just to cla... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

O.k. Adrian, so just to clarify, you are now on record as being fine with the President using riot police against peaceful protestors?

And would that be any President or just Communist Presidents like Obama?

Did you see the part where ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Did you see the part where the police commander grabs the bullhorn and blasts:

"You with the red, white, and blue appliqué sweatsuit and funny hat. Yeah you! Tie your shoe and stop eating the paste!"

Sorry Adrian, I missed that... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Sorry Adrian, I missed that.

But I did see that once again the President packs his speaking venues with selected supporters rather than the rest of us.

His moral courage is astounding.

"What we have here, is a fa... (Below threshold)
914:

"What we have here, is a failure to communicate" Barry really wanted to stop say hi and join in God bless America but he dont know the words

It's a Breitbart Production... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

It's a Breitbart Production; a division of Take With a Grain of Salt® Entertainment

Written by James O'Keefe ?
Starring The James O'Keefe Players ?
Edited by James O'Keefe ?
Directed by James O'Keefe ?

How long until Breitbart starts to disassociate himself from this video too?

This is Standard Operating ... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

This is Standard Operating Procedure for this administration. In Montana they kept the protestor in an isolated area behind a hanger outside of camera\Obama's view while having the bused in supporter in reserve areas in front of the cameras. From what I hear that happens everywhere Obama goes and the MSM covers for him.

I love the smell of abject ... (Below threshold)

I love the smell of abject stupidity in the morning. It smells like... Adrian.

"How long until Breitbar... (Below threshold)
914:

"How long until Breitbart starts to disassociate himself from this video too?"

How long until you disassociate yourself from this blog?

Leave Adrian alone, everyon... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Leave Adrian alone, everyone needs a little comedy each day, even if it's really stupid comedy. A few dozen people even watch Oberdouche every day for a laugh, otherwise MSNBC would go bust.

The secret services job is ... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

The secret services job is to protect the president. They called the Riot police who do their jobs an overwhelming show of force to ensure that things do not get out of hand.
I think it overkill. The real story, is response of the Tea party members.
Look at how the left reacts to police. Take the Neo-Nazi vs Communist. The crowd yells at the officers. Look at the protest in AZ they threw things at the police. Tea party members PEACEFULLY move across the street. This just shows the character of people in the Tea Party movement. Respect Honor and Intelligence

Those November campaign com... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Those November campaign commercials just keep writing themselves.

Nothing scarier to a raceb... (Below threshold)
914:

Nothing scarier to a racebaitin agitator then elderly white women with pleasant smiles wearing ole' glory and singing songs that the "Won" cannot fathom.

The Obama administration is... (Below threshold)
devildog666:

The Obama administration is looking for any excuse to stomp on the Tea Party. They want confrontation and if they don't get it from Tea Party goers they will find a way to infiltrate and generate it themselves. That's the way it is in tyrannical regimes looking for a reason to declare Marshall Law and mow down the opposition.

Kiss the Constitution and Bill of Rights goodbye.

hcddbz,Of course t... (Below threshold)
Rance:

hcddbz,

Of course the Tea Party behaves differently towards the police than the leftists. The leftests are a bunch of young, drug-crazed kids who are young and fearless.

Whereas the someone in the Tea Party protest, could fall down and break a hip.

bobdog - "Don't try to ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

bobdog - "Don't try to tell me Reuters is "just reporting the news". It may be that Reuters is doing what "important" journalists do for a living, and that is to inflame a really big story."

What! You mean they aren't?

(Cloud of memory intrudes...)

Oh yeah, this is the same org that was dubbed al-reuters because it published fake photos (dozens of them) during the Israeli\Hezbollah conflict.

I see much clearly now!

Yeah, Marc. THAT Reuters.</... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Yeah, Marc. THAT Reuters.

The more the left uses the ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

The more the left uses the Nazi epithet, the more they act like Nazis. They are aching to use force against Tea Partiers. Any excuse will do.




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