Skip to comments.Pro-Lifer Attacked with Club, Threatened with Arrest During Clinton Protest (With video!)
Posted on 12/08/2007 1:04:17 PM PST by wagglebee
Video shows angry attack followed by police violation of civil rights
Fort Madison, Iowa Pro-lifers with graphic signs were attacked by a man wielding a club during a protest at a Hillary Clinton campaign stop in Fort Madison, Iowa, on Friday, yet responding police threatened to arrest the pro-lifers if they did not immediately leave the public sidewalk. The incident was captured on video. (View video below.)
Police were parked across the street from where Dan Holman of Missionaries to the Pre-Born was standing on a public sidewalk on December 7, when a man in a pickup truck got out of his vehicle and approached Holman with a club, shouting at him to get off his property. Holman was attacked and struck with the club.
The man continued to try and assault me in the presence of three Fort Madison police officers, Holman told Operation Rescue. Rather than arresting the attacker the police threatened to arrest me! The police acknowledged that I was on a public right of way but said our presence posed a traffic hazard.
Police told Holman that if he wanted charges pressed against the man with the club, he would have to go to the police station and fill out a report. Holman complied with the order to leave under threat of arrest, and later filed a complaint against his attacker, identified as Jim Mitchell. Holman is considering legal action against the Fort Madison Police.
Holmans group was protesting Clinton, a radical supporter of abortion, in advance of the Iowa Caucuses, which will be held on January 3, 2008. He has protested Clinton at 32 of her Iowa appearances.
Police departments across the nation have shown a disturbing disregard for the First Amendment rights of abortion protesters in recent weeks, said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger. We have a great deal of respect for the vast majority of police officers, who are decent people, trying to do a very difficult job. However, rogue officers who bully and falsely arrest peaceful protesters that are simply exercising a precious right in defense of innocent babies, are put on notice that they will be held legally accountable for their abusive behavior. We urge every police department to train their officers concerning First Amendment activity in order to bring an end to this kind of abuse.
This is the problem with liberalism: If you don’t nip it in the bud (like in 1968), generations later even the police end up being a bunch of liberal PC b***ards.
This could only happen with a Clinton thug squad.
Sure is. Disgusting.
He got hit with a club and he was told to leave.The other guy was not arrested.It’s all on the tape.
Press charges and sue. Use the left’s tactics against them. If there’s really a video of this attack, then there should be no problem.
I am NOT defending the police action. But I wonder if Mr. Holman had a protest permit from the authorities? If he did and he was in the space allotted to him the police are in big trouble.
Plain, in you face, unConstitutional fascism. Good thing the protestor didn’t have a little dog with him, the goon probably would have shot it.
As for the lying yokel with the club, I would like to meet him in person, somewhere out of public view.
Click on the link.
Sure, that's what the ACLU is for, right? /sarc off
Around here we call this a .......”you brought a club to a gunfight ?”
Bad decision, not unlike all Clintonista supporters IMO.
Do you need a protest permit?
Club and anti-abortionist and watch the cops threaten to arrest him (on public property)!
I doubt a permit was necessary. There did not seem to be many of them. You only need a permit in DC if you have over 25 people.
If he didn’t have a permit the Police should have asked him to move, not some thug with a club.
That is a small town right? The leos probably knew club d00d. In the vid he says something like “I’ll bust ur head with it too” a couple times in front of the cops.
Permit? Thought it was a free country...
“If theres really a video of this attack, then there should be no problem.”
There’s no video of the attack, it’s all a jumbled mess of stray camera angles.
Civil Rights for me but not for thee ....
I hope the guy with the club does not get hurt in retaliation , but if he does I hope someone will post the video. Maybe use two cameras .
Also it figures that with 40 million aborted innocents the MSM logs how many murderers have been executed .... count so far is a bit over a thousand covering the same period ...
Thought it was a free country...
Nope. I didn’t bring up the issue of a permit though. The poster I replied to did.
Isn’t it a crime for a LEO to witness a crime and give it a pass?
And, isn’t hitting someone with a weapon, improvised or otherwise, a felony?
I could be wrong, of course, but I’ve always thought assault and battery and threating someone’s life while brandishing a weapon were legally punishable no nos?
Under the concept of equal protection under the law, this means we can now go beat on people we don’t like, right?
As a former deputy I’d suggest going against the cops (and the clintonista) for being witness too and allowing the ass-hat Hillary hugger that assaulted him go free. As well as the fact that the Idiot Rat with the bat was verbally threatening the guy as a number of LEO’s were present......
The call on not allowing the protest etc etc , bad weather , busy intersection etc is a reach but without a permit to protest with such a LARGE banner......it would be tough to go after anything vs the assault that the police witnessed and ignored IMO.
All that on video .......cash in the bank from the cops and batman per my SWAG.
The Police Officer acted pro-actively to prevent a traffic accident and seemed very reasonable in asking the group to move. This was a slippery snowy intersection; any roadside protest would distract drivers. The combination of the road conditions, traffic, the signs, protesters, and the unexplained man-with-stick was trouble-in-waiting. Karnak The Magnificent sees a long pileup in the future and many headaches for the officer on duty. Not every adverse police action is political.
That depends on what nationality you are.
It's not conclusive from the video whetehr or not the officers saw the guy being assaulted but it certainly can be inferred.
If that is the case they should forget camp and start looking for new gainful employment.
The police told the protester that he could not be on a public right of way with a sign such as his. It was too much of a distraction to the drivers. I heard it on the video. Good Night! Next thing they will say any political sign advocating for candidates is too much of a distraction.
This one is unless you happen to think that establishments need to dim their advetising lights and billboards must come down every time it snows a little bit.
Car Dealer Name: Mitchell Motor Co
Dealer Address: 202 N 8th St, Adel, Iowa, 50003
Deals Mainly In: Mercedes Benz Cars
Contact Person: Jim Mitchell
Dealer Phone Number: 515/993-4769
Is this the attacker???
It is sickening, but it is not unusual. One of the Priests for Life was in FEDERAL PRISON for several years when Clinton was Prez. They wanted to make a test case out of him, arrested him, prosecuted him. His situation was similar to this. It does not surprise me that this happened, nor that the police did not protect the man. But it surely is disgusting.
The officer probably knew he wouldn’t get in trouble for harrassing the Protestor of evil.It is sick.
You make a good point!
I would hope these pro-lifers are savy enough to always have a protest permit.
So you’re saying that even though police witnessed the protester being beaten with a weapon, this was good cop behavior?
Where are 'protest permits' mentioned in the First Amendment?
I guess the man with the club didn’t have to spend dough for his woman’s abortions, took care of them himself.
I bet the ACLU’s knocking down his door to sue. /sarcasm
Thomas More, Ave Maria or ACLJ would take care of it though.
Those cops were chicken-sh*t, Barny Fife wannabes.
That creep with the stick should have been hauled off and arrested.
I bet if the sign compared Bush to Hitler, the officer wouldn’t have had a problem with the size of the sign.
This needs to be sent to Drudge.
I know I would’ve had an accident driving by all those Hillary signs.
Of course -- says so plain as day, right there in the First Amendment -- published in the latest DNC newsletter. s/
I sent it.