Skip to comments.Arrest of anti-Obama protesters on St. Charles overpass sparks controversy
Posted on 08/20/2013 2:28:37 PM PDT by grumpygresh
"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.
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Jackboots thugs cars blocked traffic on the overpass while they arrested people on the sidewalk for being traffic hazards. lolz
Fundamentally, I do not have a problem with the police trying to mitigate a traffic hazard. What bothers me is the double standard: if these folks had been protesting the Trayvon verdict, they’d have gotten a pass.
Only thing they messed-up was having the wrong President’s name on the sign. If it were ‘Bush’, they’d have had a police escort and protection while they hung up the banner.
I know I’m going to be in the minority here, but as much as I support the message and wish them success spreading it, I have some reservations about the technique. Although they may not have been blocking traffic on the overpass, they were likely impacting it on the freeway below. If the worst that could happen was a slowdown, no big deal, but the potential exists for a driver distracted by reading the banner or by the act of it being hung to trigger a pile-up in which someone could be hurt or killed.
We’re kind of conditioned to be able to ignore billboards while driving, but they’re generally placed to the side rather than directly in the driver’s line of sight.
I’m just saying that I’m not going to jump to the conclusion that this was political suppression, even though we know what the trend has been in Missouri. At least in this case, there is a legitimate argument that can be made for the cops’ actions.
They never arrest leftist groups for the same thing
Well, I’d have to do some apples-to-apples research. I know that occasionally you read about some environmental wackos getting arrested to hanging a banner on something.
Still, presumably we conservatives want to be a little more thoughtful of our actions and their potential consequences, whether law enforcement becomes involved or not.
I just don’t think they need to go on an over pass and protest. If it were me, I’d go check in the line at unemployment, file for foodstamps, and get organized in a community, like gay, or skin color, or Muslim, and start chanting that my rights are being violated and then I’d have something to protest. More people need to join the Obama club.
make that “arrested FOR...”
“Im just saying that Im not going to jump to the conclusion that this was political suppression, even though we know what the trend has been in Missouri....”
My last name is the same as yours. Glad we are not related. What I got out of the video is that Nazism is alive and well in Missouri! If you can’t recognize it for what it was, I feel sorry for you.
You can’t challenge Dear Leader.
Heading into the Wisconsin recall elections, a bunch of lefties would gather on a footbridge over I-43 in Milwaukee with a lighted sign, in favor of recalling Walker.
This is in direct violation of Wisconsin state statute 86.19, and I’d call the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office each time I’d see them on the bridge with their sign.
Oh yea, I’m an a**hole
If they hang a banner off private property like a building or break onto a military base they can be arrested
Just a matter of time ...
as you may know, those Kent “protesters” were hurling baseballs with tacks sticking out of them at the troops, hitting many in the face, etc. Serious wounds.
Did some over-react by firing weapons? Perhaps. It could have been worse. The protestors were not protestors. They were rioters.
They did neither, yet they were arrested anyway.
As far as being a distraction, tbey were easily ignored and probably only slowed traffic down by 1%.
What slows traffic down, EVERY TIME, and cause more WRECKS is when cops are somewhere with the flashing lights, their cars obstructing traffic, and everyone gawks at any police activity on the road. Every has to slow down and see if they can determine what happened, and if everyone is ok, or if there's a dead body.
And the cops show absolutely no desire to move their vehicles to keep from blocking two lanes or three, or doing anything else to help the traffic flow.
so, their very words are law now. This is NOT going to end well.
I totally agree with you
so all those flags on overpass’ after 9/11.....just how many problems did they cause? Some people just have open their piehole when they ought to shut up.
Make that whitey, IPad assumed I wanted Whitney.
If you’re a Leftist, it’s ok. The Milwaukee Leftist police chief Flynn doesn’t mind if you support Leftist causes on overpasses or in the streets (illegal aliens on the south side). But try to promote conservative causes, and you’ll get arrested.
If these guys get a few more people, the police will leave them alone. This is classic civil disobedience; the violation of a minor law to promote a moral principle-free speech.
Yeah, you’re right. It’s exactly the same thing as hanging a flag. Just curious. How long does it take you to read an American flag?
Sorry to learn that a fellow conservative/patriot having a slightly different opinion than yours causes you such distress.
St. Charles is mostly conservative area....I am sure they are having fun with the phone calls about this today.
Yeah, too bad they shut off the camera before getting pictures of the arrestees being marched naked into gas chambers, right?
Geez, I expected disagreement, but I thought most Freepers tended to be a little less reactionary with their fellow conservatives.
you just proved my point. How long does it take to be in an accident?
Wierd-I wonder why the Trayvon thug protestors who shut down entire highways were not arrested?
“The soft tyranny is getting harder.”
This is the result of conservatives sitting on their fat asses and not getting involved in local politics.
First, organize, vote and elect a constitutional sheriff in your county. That takes away the power of the political state police.
Next, get your VFW and American Legion posts involved with flooding local city, village and county council meetings and demanding that the cop harassment stop. We fired two police chiefs in my area.
Until you conservatives get off your fat asses and start organizing, expect police abuse.
The country is’going to heLL in a handbasket’ and you are in ‘such distress’ about how peaceful protesters are trying to draw attention to the fact. Tell me; what do you think of the Boston Teaparty?
A few years ago Missouri police were pulling over vehicles with stickers considered “disparaging” of Democrats. Apparently the Pendergast political machine is alive and well.
This is selective enforcement. The “occupy” maggots were invited by democrat administrations to occupy public places, and to defile them, and the lice-infested lowlifes were not arrested in most places.
This is NOT going to end well.