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Arrest of anti-Obama protesters on St. Charles [Missouri] overpass sparks controversy
STLToday (St. Louis Post Dispatch) ^ | August 19, 2013 | Mark Schlinkmann

Posted on 08/20/2013 11:05:22 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll

ST. CHARLES • The arrest Saturday afternoon of two anti-Barack Obama protesters on an Interstate 70 overpass is stirring controversy - fueled by a video of the incident circulating on the internet.

The two — Marc S. Messmer, 41, of St. Charles, and Jimmy D. "Duane" Weed, 57, of Bridgeton — say that their constitutional rights were violated.

"Citizens have a right to peaceably assemble," said Messmer, who was part of a series of overpass demonstrations around the country seeking the president's impeachment. "We were simply doing that. There were no laws broken."

Sgt. Al Nothum, a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol, said the potential for a traffic hazard was why the two and 10 or so other protesters were told by officers to leave the Fairgrounds Road overpass about 2 p.m.

The two were arrested, he said, for failing to obey. Nothum said the patrol wants charges filed but prosecutors have yet to decide. The patrol also wants Messmer to be charged with resisting arrest.

Nothum said the traffic volume on I-70 was unusually heavy Saturday because of the many motorists heading to St. Charles' annual Festival of the Little Hills.

The patrol supervisor at the scene, Nothum said, "was concerned people are going to be distracted" by the protesters' banners and a serious crash could result.

"People are looking up when they should be looking forward," Nothum said of drivers.

Earlier Saturday, he said, there had been five accidents near the location; no one was seriously injured.

Nothum said the patrol doesn't believe the protesters intended to cause any traffic problems but that it could have become an unintentional "outcome of what they were doing."

(Excerpt) Read more at stltoday.com ...


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: arrest; benghazi; benghazibarry; fastandfurious; impeachbenghazibarry; impeachnow; irs; missouri; overpass; protesters; stcharles
Update. There will be a reprise this Saturday, August 24. I'm hearing the croud may be in the hundreads.
1 posted on 08/20/2013 11:05:22 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll
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To: Da Bilge Troll

In Houston, the liberal establishment dropped the charges when liberals would do this to protest Bush’s “wars”. They’ve been silent on the war issue for 5 years. Why is that?


2 posted on 08/20/2013 11:09:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

There was an overpass protest this morning in Houston from one of the tea party groups. I thought I heard on the radio that arrests had been made for disrupting traffic although I couldn’t find an article online.


3 posted on 08/20/2013 11:11:59 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Let’s hope as many as possible are wearing Obama masks on their backsides. Or, better yet, a model bull with an Obama mask on its backside where its fecal orifice would otherwise be.


4 posted on 08/20/2013 11:12:26 AM PDT by libstripper (Mine's)
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To: libstripper
I saw these protesters on the way to the fair

If the cops are so concerned about people looking at the road, should they start pulling over anyone using a cell phone while driving? IMO, looking up at an overpass is much saver than looking and concentrating on your cell phone while driving.

I hate to say this but, in the law community aren't cops at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to understanding the actual law. I can safely say that 99% of them didn't go to law school and only about half have a 4 year degree. So, how is it that they can make the call to arrest someone who is practicing their first amendment rights? I am shocked that the ACLU hasn't stepped up to the plate on this one.

How does someone resist arrest when there was no reason to arrest? By the MoSHP actions, a patrolman can stop in front of your house, arrest you, hold you for 24 hours, and give no reason, PERIOD.

5 posted on 08/20/2013 11:23:09 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Where are we going, and what's with the handbasket?)
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To: Cyclone59

Cops should stick to their assigned role:

Raising cash for the Welfare State from innocent citizens attempting to legally go about their day.


6 posted on 08/20/2013 11:27:49 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Where's my pressure cooker backpack wmd ricin laced al qaeda terrorist BASSELOPE?)
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To: libstripper
If they're so concerned about traffic, would be nice to shut down the fwy right at the overpass.
Folks it's time for some civil disobedience, sitting around jaw-in’ about the situation won't cut it anymore.
Use the tactics of the left against them
7 posted on 08/20/2013 11:28:59 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Cyclone59
I am shocked that the ACLU hasn't stepped up to the plate on this one.

Ha!!

8 posted on 08/20/2013 11:31:50 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: Robe
"Folks it's time for some civil disobedience, sitting around jaw-in’ about the situation won't cut it anymore. Use the tactics of the left against them."

I'm with ya, FRiend!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

9 posted on 08/20/2013 11:32:08 AM PDT by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

If a group tried this on an overpass on 77 leading into Cleveland, their bodies would be found in an abandoned house in East Cleveland. Probably find some more women’s bodies too. Seems to be a regular occurrence there!


10 posted on 08/20/2013 11:32:22 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Cyclone59
should they start pulling over anyone using a cell phone while driving?

They do in California -- and it is a BIG fines.

11 posted on 08/20/2013 11:39:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll; null and void

Protecting Der Fuhrer zey are?


12 posted on 08/20/2013 11:41:10 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Not to lof Der Führer is a bik dizgrace
zo Seig Heil! Seig Heil!
right in Der Führer’s face!


13 posted on 08/20/2013 11:49:50 AM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

But a pro-Obama gathering like that would have been okay.


14 posted on 08/20/2013 11:52:07 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Awhite woman would be accused of racism if she gave birth to a white baby.)
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To: null and void; musicman; onyx; TheOldLady; RedMDer; DJ MacWoW

America was having trouble,
what a sad, sad story,
we looked around, and then we found,
the man for you and me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K08akOt2kuo

Liberals, go into ... your dance.

Don’t be stupid, be a smarty.
Come and join the Democratic Party.


15 posted on 08/20/2013 11:54:42 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

This time it will be different because the right people are in charge.

Different Germany:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYNzI6LIyoU


16 posted on 08/20/2013 12:02:11 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Bring lots of video recording gear as well I would recommend.

I hope cooler heads and common sense prevail.

I don’t want to see things get out of hand.


17 posted on 08/20/2013 12:08:22 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Thanks for posting; this is the first I’ve heard about it.

Is everybody parking at the convention center?


18 posted on 08/20/2013 12:08:49 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Da Bilge Troll
The patrol supervisor at the scene, Nothum said, "was concerned people are going to be distracted" by the protesters' banners and a serious crash could result.

I guess they need to take down every dam road sign along every mile of highway, as they can distract people, as well. What a lame excuse by this revenue raiser.

19 posted on 08/20/2013 12:09:14 PM PDT by Ez2BRepub
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To: Uncle Miltie
Cops should stick to their assigned role:

Raising cash for the Welfare State from innocent citizens attempting to legally go about their day.

That's the truth. The highway patrol love to send their rookies out on the weekends to ticket the local white middle class for minor bs violations to keep the coffers filled. Then the same citizens voted to add a county police force, in addition to the local, state and sheriffs forces. I can only shake my head.

20 posted on 08/20/2013 12:16:19 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: null and void

“This time it will be different because the right people are in charge.”

Isn’t that always the claim? And people still haven’t learned.


21 posted on 08/20/2013 12:16:55 PM PDT by Ray76 (Common sense immigration reform: Enforce Existing Law)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

“Citizens have a right to peaceably assemble,” said Messmer...

Sorry, Marc, but you assume that the constitution means something; as the society exists these days, it’s become clear that the document is nothing more than an antique curiosity.


22 posted on 08/20/2013 12:18:34 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Maybe the few who were on the bridge will wind up in the Gulag, along with others who are not following the “party” manifesto.


23 posted on 08/20/2013 1:42:40 PM PDT by joyce11111 (he police minute)
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To: Second Amendment First
Is everybody parking at the convention center?

Actually, there are 2 commuter lots on that side but you may have to climb a fence and up the hill. If you park on the other side near the Buffalo Wildwings (in the BassPro center lot), there are steps up to the bridge.

Hope you can make it! (I'm Scott).

24 posted on 08/20/2013 2:21:53 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

But when OWS squats or antiwar types block 6 lane highways or destroy property in Cali it is fine and free speech protected by the law of Competing Harms (ie. if it helps save life it is ok to destroy property by a 60s precedent)


25 posted on 08/20/2013 7:04:06 PM PDT by lavaroise
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To: Da Bilge Troll
How many walking onto the freeways and blocking all lanes to protest the Zimmerman verdict were arrested?

How many Code Pinkos and Veterans For Peace overpass banner wavers have been arrested over the years, or even ordered to leave?

26 posted on 08/21/2013 1:43:09 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Cyclone59

By the logic the cops are using, billboards should be illegal since they potentially distract drivers from focusing on the road.

They are grasping at straws here.


27 posted on 08/21/2013 6:57:11 AM PDT by MWS
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To: MWS

Coolidge Corner in Brookline has circles painted in the middle of the intersection where Moonbats take their turn protesting American Imperialism. The other Moonbats have other designated protest spaces around it. This is one of the busiest intersections in Boston and this occurs on Saturday mornings as 44,000 make their way to Boston College football games.


28 posted on 08/21/2013 7:30:26 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

To the left, exercising one’s first amendment rights as a conservative is tantamount to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater.

Sadly, it’s obvious that they want to see this country burn.


29 posted on 08/21/2013 8:17:32 AM PDT by MWS
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To: Da Bilge Troll
"The patrol supervisor at the scene, Nothum said, "was concerned people are going to be distracted" by the protesters' banners and a serious crash could result."

That argument doesn't fly. You could use that argument to squelch any free speech you want to.
30 posted on 08/21/2013 3:23:09 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle
You could use that argument to squelch any free speech you want to.

Of course. If signs are distracting, I know of millions that should be taken down. And what about 8 or 10 police cars with lights flashing?

31 posted on 08/22/2013 11:53:49 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Probably for reasons similar to what happened when Nixon abolished the draft-there were no more large scale demonstrations after that. Just Communists following their puppet master-back then it was Moscow...who pulls Communist strings today?;)


32 posted on 08/22/2013 4:40:17 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: massgopguy

. . . but . . . but that’s different.


33 posted on 08/23/2013 10:53:42 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
"The patrol supervisor at the scene, Nothum said, "was concerned people are going to be distracted" by the protesters' banners and a serious crash could result. People are looking up when they should be looking forward," Nothum said of drivers.

As an original protester back in the late 80's, I kinda get the point. Distraction on thoroughfares are not a good thing. There are plenty more places to stage a protest.

34 posted on 08/23/2013 10:55:48 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: A Navy Vet
There are plenty more places to stage a protest.

We could have held our protest in the basement of one of our homes. Would that work for you?

35 posted on 08/25/2013 11:54:16 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
The patrol also wants Messmer to be charged with resisting arrest.

This the poilce's (AKA Obama's Stasi) fall back charge. Try to arrest someone without a based chaege and then pull out the "Resisting Arrest" goodie from their little bag o' tricks.

36 posted on 08/26/2013 4:11:01 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone
pull out the "Resisting Arrest" goodie from their little bag o' tricks

Trouble is, his non-resistance is quite clear on the video.

37 posted on 08/27/2013 11:33:30 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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