Skip to comments.Connecticut Woman Decides To Press Charges In Campaign-Stop Scuffle In New Hampshire
Posted on 01/11/2012 12:42:09 PM PST by matt04
A Manchester woman said today that she has decided to press charges after a scuffle Sunday at a presidential campaign event for Republican candidate Newt Gingrich inside a Mexican restaurant in Manchester, N.H.
Rebecca Burton, 43, says she was inside the restaurant when her sign, which said, "Occupy Hartford,'' was pulled away by a security aide for Gingrich. The candidate had not yet entered the room.
"Before I knew it, the sign was ripped out of my hands, and I saw a gentleman walking away with it,'' Burton told The Courant. "He pushed me roughly, and he said, 'Get out. We don't want you here.''
Burton said she was not injured.
Tensions had been high in the area as anti-Gingrich protesters from the Occupy movement had gathered outside the restaurant. They chanted anti-Gingrich slogans as one of the members banged a drum.
Burton had filed a complaint but returned to Connecticut without pressing charges. After thinking about it overnight, she said Tuesday, she called a detective at the Manchester Police Department and asked them to pursue the case.
"They're going to do the investigation and decide if there is probable cause," Burton said. "If they decide there isn't probable cause, then the case will be dropped."
She said the detectives will interview witnesses and then go to the prosecutor to decide if a warrant should be issued. Burton said she was told that the process could take six months because of a backlog of criminal cases.
Burton, a self-employed small-business owner, explained why she decided to press charges: "It's wrong. We have a system in place to deal with crimes against people, and I want the system to work. I don't want to live in a world where someone who doesn't agree with me is allowed to push me around."
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So the whole part where decided to go into the restaurant was lost on her? If she wanted to wave her sign, she should have gone to the sidewalk.
And the ironic thing is that an occupy freak actually wants help from the “pigs”.
“...I don’t want to live in a world where someone who doesn’t agree with me is allowed to push me around.”
Yeah, I bet she is pro Palestinian, pro Islam, pro Sharia law too. Odd...
Tell her to go to an Obama event and try to push past the Secret Service with her sign and see what happens...
If this is true, that Security Aide is a real dumb a**. This is all Newt needs right now; a friggin’ Security Aide with the IQ of a can of Spam; the fumb duck.
LOL. That is a polite way of telling someone to buzz off.
If the restaurant didn't want her there, they could call the cops and had her removed. It really was that simple.
People have a right to protest. They don't have a right to do it in a private business, but it is up to the restaurant or their agent to have her removed. Even if the security guy could be seen as an agent, if she wasn't a threat, shoving her is wrong, and the person who harmed her should be prosecuted.
Being on someone's security detail doesn't put you above the law.
got what she deserved, a sign inside a building, would be precieved as a threat to any candidate from any party.
Tell Rebecca to go ‘Occupy’ the local clerk of court’s office and “Take A Number for Faster Service”. The only error the security guy made was not cracking her over the head with that sign.
From what I've seen of these people, they do want to live in a world where they can push around people who don't agree with them.
And I've had about enough of their drums all the time. I was at a peaceful pro-life march in SF and there was this counter protester banging his drum incessantly trying to drown out the speakers. We had a permit and it was an orderly group and he thinks his right to free speech is superior to ours. Next time, I'll accidentally bump into the drum guy and covertly slice the top of his drum open.
You've never been to an in door rally?
Now, they can boss others around and not "feel" guilty about it.
:: “Before I knew it, the sign was ripped out of my hands, and I saw a gentleman walking away with it,’’ Burton told The Courant. “He pushed me roughly, and he said, ‘Get out. We don’t want you here.’’ ::
So, how’d she know the guy was security with Newts campaign? Sounds like something I’d do especially with an “Occupy Hartford” sign in NEW HAMPSHIRE. Carpetbagging her liberal stupidity.
If counseling is the easiest college path then things have changed since I completed my degree in the 70s when the easiest path was teaching or journalism. Then again, maybe a third path has been added.
Been to a couple rallies in my day. Not having seen the sign, there are some security issues.
For example, if it had a stick in it; it can be considered a ‘weapon’. If it is above a certain size, it can be used to conceal a weapon.
Wasn’t there, didn’t see what happened - but I do know that each rally has certain ‘rules’ in place for the safety of all. These were the rules my wife and I had to follow when we went to Crawford, TX.
A self-employed small-business owner with an "Occupy Hartford" sign? Color me skeptical. What small business does she run - selling Avon? I'll take her side of the story with a huge grain of salt.
True, but still maintain sign wavers belonged outside the diner. It was not really an indoor rally, it was a private diner where some paying patrons were there to enjoy a meal.
BTW, a Buddy of Mine in New Orleans told me LSU got stuck in town and were unable to leave after the National Championship game, he explained somebody painted “50 yard line” on I-10 and the tigers were never able to cross it!
...I dont want to live in a world where someone who doesnt agree with me is allowed to push me around.
Somehow that means the rest of us can be forced to listen to her garbage though. Protest from the sidewalk, the rest of us want to have an election.
” the sign was ripped out of my hands, and I saw a gentleman walking away with it,’’ Burton told The Courant. “He pushed me roughly, and he said, ‘Get out. We don’t want you here.’’
Now she understands OWS. LOL!
Sporting event don't allow wooden pools on flags, but you can use PVC.
It can be just as much a weapon as a pole.
Size of signs, language, etc., is pretty much covered in a controlled rally just like sporting events.
A coordinator, security or anyone associated with the event can have the sign, poster, etc., removed if rules are not followed.
In the cafe, the owner probably didn't' mind rally signs/posters.
Security of Newt probably removed it because it was anti Newt.
And as you wrote, I too was not there.
Been a coordinator for a gubernatorial race and one (of many) at an RNC. Seen it all.
Three phrases of advice:
Gee, too bad about your drum. But I was just trying to keep myslef from falling. Maybe you shouldn't have positioned it so close to the traffic.
As an owner, I wouldn't allow it.
Do we know if she was/wasn't a paying customer?
There were protesters before the OWS and there will be protesters after the OWS crowd fades away.
Those details are unreported, but she was protesting, so her motives were leaning toward making trouble, and she found it. Whose to say “the gentleman” was Newt’s Security, and not a diner employee?
“The marriage and family counselors I’ve seen are the epitome of the mean-faced, clipped haired, democrat. Academically, when their parents insisted they attend college, they took the easiest path to a degree.
Now, they can boss others around and not “feel” guilty about it. “
Sounds like you are talking about most cops I know. Right down to the “clipped haired”.
So there are Mexican restaurants in New Hampshire?
if someone is told to leave, and they refuse, then in my opinion the business has the right to force the person to leave.... why do they have bouncers at bars and nightclubs?
jeez, people are starting to act like spoiled 6 year olds.. “HE’S TOUCHING ME MOMMY!!!! HES TOUCHING ME”.... grow up for cryin out loud
If the police do investigate, we'll see what role the "gentleman" played.
If it was the owner or an employee acting on behalf of the business, I don't see why it would be an issue to remove the sign or the protester, especially if not a paying customer.
Maybe we will get some answers when/if the investigation takes place.
A "left" protester is not held to a higher standard as a "right" protester when it comes to rules.
It would chap me pretty hard to see someone from the right protesting and being accosted and nothing done about it.
And we have all seen that.
The “occupy Hartford” crowd is very small—except for the muggers waiting for nightfall.
Backrubs, hand relief, lewisnkys...but she's not a whore.
I found the women’s Facebook page.
Earlier today she posted that she was supposedly injured in the struggle for the sign.