Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Arrested ‘Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment’ Protestor Speaks Out
Posted on 08/20/2013 8:28:43 AM PDT by don-o
The Tea Party News Network reported yesterday that two protesters in St. Charles, Missouri, were arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for refusing to vacate a public overpass when ordered to do so without any reason or demonstrable cause.
One of the two men arrested, Duane Weed, spoke with The Tea Party News Network about his protest and his arrest.
The group had assembled on the morning of Saturday, August 17th, to create awareness of the discontent felt by many Americans for the Obama Administration and the continuous string of scandals perpetrated by the executive branch.
We felt that there were plenty of impeachable offenses and if any other president in the history of our country had committed even one of these [offenses], they would have been impeached, Weed stated.
We had done this before. We had done the same thing a few weeks back. I had seen videos on YouTube from various other places around the country where law enforcement has shown up to a protest and a lot of times run them off In our particular case, we made an issue of it and said, no, this is our First Amendment right. I questioned the highway patrolman, What are the charges, you know, What is your reasoning? And he couldnt come up with any reason other than he kept saying were requesting that you vacate the bridge.
The highway patrol refused to cite any specific authority or statute that allowed them the right to break up the protest. Finally, after issuing several demands for the protesters to disperse, the highway patrol officers took Weed and another man, Mark M., into custody, claiming they were disobeying orders fro a police officer and resisting arrest.
The officers claimed that the protesters were causing accidents, however, Weed explained that St. Charles was having a big festival that weekend with the standard increase in traffic that is normal for such an event.
The traffic was horrendous, Weed noted. But Ive seen situations like that where they station one police officer down the road with their lights on to warn people to slow down, and they could have done that with one officer. Instead, they brought eight [cars] to come up on the bridge. As far as accidents were concerned, I was the first person to arrive there as far as protesters were concerned as when I arrived there, there was already an accident that had just occurred and we certainly couldnt have been responsible for that accident because we werent there!
After being confronted by the officers, Weed and others offered to move the protest to a different side of the street where there had been no accidents. He wouldnt accept that. They had come up there with eight cars and a huge show of force with the clear intention that they were going to clear this overpass.
Weed and his fellow protester were booked and housed in the county jail overnight. Weed claimed they were treated professionally, but that the whole experience was uncomfortable. After 24 hours, the police let the protesters go without any charges having been officially filed.
The right to peaceably assemble is one of the most important rights for Americans. Protests alert the government and the citizens that something is wrong and the silence of peaceful protests by police or government agencies is a serious threat to our republic.
democrat party SS troops.
What if Oprah were standing on an overpass with a protest sign?
Sue the Stasi. Cops who are antiConstitutional thugs...who woulda thought???
Exactly. Remember who your first targets are if a revolution comes. The police are NOT your friends.
Then be on the overpass this coming Saturday.
She’d be arrested for obstructing traffic...........WIDE LOAD..............
Although it shouldn’t make any difference, the way protesters look DOES matter. A neatly dressed and groomed protester would have made a better impression on passersby than the guy (probably a great fellow) with a scraggly beard and super casual clothes. We want viewers to listen to us, identify with us, and, hopefully, agree with us. This ain’t Duck Dynasty.
Standard in California; anyone interacting with cars below on an overpass is told to move on, typically officers cite the person as being a distraction to traffic as their reasoning. Pretty sure a whole lot of Ron Paul supporters can give tips on this one...
The 80% bad apples making the 20% look bad in Law enforcement.
What if ZZTop were on the bridge....
This is how it starts. One man is arrested ILLEGALLY. Thrown in jail for NO REASON. Released with NO CHARGES.
NEXT time, it gets ramped up and somebody gets hurt. After that, all bets are off.
Released with no charges filed. The “distraction” argument is bogus. Animated billboards are real distractions. Legal distractions, though they are.
But, freedom to assemble and demand redress? Now THERE’S a distraction.
Do I need the /s?
You don't deserve freedom, if appearances matter that much to you.
They should sue for false arrest and civil rights violations. Every officer should be charged with violation of constitutional rights under the color of law.
Words fail me to even respond to such inanity, save to call it for what it is.
Ten years ago I would have said all but impossible... now I say business as usual.
Wow. Just. WOW. So what you're saying is that conservatives are only made up of "neatly dressed and groomed" people? Wow. Just. WOW. Duck Dynasty guys have a lot more class and sense than some people.
So many enemies and so little ammo!
the overpass would collapse?
It will be local law enforcement who participates in this Gestapo Stasi action as demonstrated here. AND it will be well deserved. Locals patriots WILL know where they live and where they go
1) "Congress shall make no law prohibiting...or abridging the freedom of speech..."
2) "Congress shall make no law prohibiting...or abridging...the right of the people to peaceably assemble..."
3) "Congress shall make no law prohibiting...or abridging...the right of the people...to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!
He kind of looks like Si Robertson.
The overpass would have little to no problem with just the sign. Both? Not so much.
SOP. intimidation didn't work. The LEOs didn't get a violent response so they could charge the protestors with something serious so they let them go.
For crying out loud. Your country is almost lost, and you want protesters to wear their Sunday best to impress the Obots and RINOs who might think badly of us?
Glad to see you've got your priorities in order ... sheesh...
Yeah, sure. Have you forgotten that the Justice for Trayvon 'protesters' blocked the 101 freeway in Hollywood, marching right on the very pavement, just last month??
Exactly. Not everyone looks the same. Freedom is independent of outward appearance. To be honest, I know this gentleman and respect him. If He and I had judged one another on appearances we would have both lost the opportunity to share our Respect for the Ideals that have made this Nation so sought after as a destination for Millions in the past 230 years.
It is very tempting to allow ourselves to be divided by rhetoric and forget the entire “...divided we fall.” Part of “United we stand”.
“What if Oprah were standing on an overpass with a protest sign?”
The overpass would collapse from the excessive weight.
Duck Dynasty is immensely popular. It appears viewers may actually identify with this family of bearded millionaires who wear camo everything, t-shirts, shorts, et al.
I don’t know where you live, but in my rural area and in the nearby city of 50k+, there are loads of older men with beards, longer hair and t-shirts. OTOH, I can’t say that I see all that many neatly dressed or groomed folks, at all. Americans ARE super casual.
If this was a leftist protest,the protestors of all ages/genders would have looked quite similar to the one arrested this time. Neat dress and grooming are more considered the mark of the banker elites. The banker elites are in cahoots w/the administration and likely are held in contempt by many Americans as stick-up-the-butt control freaks.
Excellent. Thanks for the linkage!
I agree. Doesn’t help the cause when one looks like the Unabomber.
Most guy around my area look like the Duck Dynasty cast.
You’re telling me they don’t have a First Amendment right to protest in a public right of way?
I didn’t know a dress code was mentioned in the Constitution.
I think I remember illegals and their co-conspirators shutting down the traffic on freeways.
Nothing to do with freedom; it’s about selling your case.
* File a lawsuit, a large one.
Then be on the overpass this coming Saturday. *
The idiots on the Left don’t know anything about martyrs.
Even though no one died, this will fuel the righteous to become much stronger against the tyranny.
When we protest at the abortion clinic with our Tea Party in our local area, we are clean cut and so is everyone else. Looking like homeless persons that get paid to protest does not help the cause.
It exposes the stuffed shirts on the right for what they are.
BTW, I'm glad to know that I wouldn't be welcome at your protests, because of my beard, pony-tail, and blue jeans. You are doing WONDERS for your cause.
I’d love to hear that the citizens took some action against the illegal arrest.
And I’ve watched them get pushed off of overpasses by LAPD and CHP, and some get arrested.
As I said earlier, a lot of Ron Paul fans can give tips on how to deal with CHP; the most common method I observed them use was to use pedestrian bridges to hold their support rallies on, as soon as a cop pulls up on one side, they continue walking across the bridge the other way.
So I’m guessing the classic image shown of Jesus - that guy - he’d be all out of place in line outside a Rally? That hair, Birkenstocks and a scraggly beard...
Never mind - I’m sure that each person has a choice:
Freedom for All or Freedom for this who espouse our ideal of “selling point”.
Curiously this divides us more than any opposition could.