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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 03:33 PM
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24. Oh wait! There IS no police report yet.
Edited on Sun Aug-09-09 03:34 PM by Stephanie
But this account by others who were arrested is rather chilling. ;jsessionid=FC8334F3DF8A4BBBBF65F378C9967593?pn=0

MEHVILLE -- St. Louis County police arrested six people, including a Post-Dispatch reporter, during a demonstration Thursday evening outside a forum on aging called by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing a peace disturbance by way of interference -- all misdemeanors, said St. Louis County Police spokesman Rick Eckhard.


In a prepared statement released Friday morning, Carnahan said: "Sadly we've seen stories about disrupters around the country, and we have a handful of them here in Missouri. Instead of participating in a civil debate, they have mobilized with special interests in Washington who have lined their pockets by overcharging Americans for a broken health care system."

"I will continue to engage with constituents that I am honored to represent in Congress and fight to achieve long-overdue health insurance reform in our country," Carnahan said.

Echkard said the police captain was finalizing the police report on the arrests Friday morning and more details would be released soon.

One of those arrested was Brian Matthews, 34, of St. Louis city, who works as a rehabber and previously worked on a campaign for a Texas statehouse candidate.

"I feel like it was a bull rush," Matthews said Friday morning. "It all came from behind."

Matthews said he had been inside the forum because he is in favor of a public option for health care. He had attended with a friend, a 51-year-old woman. After the event, as the pair walked to their car, they saw a man on the street who looked as if he had been assaulted. Police surrounded the man.

"My friend took pictures," Matthews said, "and an officer told her not to. She contested that."

Matthews said he and his friend walked away, arm in arm. The officer followed them, and Matthews' friend exchanged words with the officer, Matthews said.

"I can't tell you how many police officers charged us from behind," Matthews said. "I was pushed to the ground by at least one. I was pushed into the back of somebody who was walking away."

Matthews said he was told he was arrested for interference. His friend was maced "after she was subdued by the police," Matthews said. She vomited many times, on the side of the road and then later in the police car, he said.

His friend, Javonne Spitz, 51, of O'Fallon, Mo, said she doesn't think she was interfering with anything.

The officer "told me I couldn't take a picture of them. He may have thought that was interference, I don't. That was a matter of opinion," she said.

Spitz works as a teaching assistant with kids who have emotional problems and behavioral disorders. She said she has never been arrested before. She said she came to the foum Thursday because "I wanted to see what it was all about." But protesters inside kept shouting down speakers, she said, and it was hard to hear anything.

At the forum, Spitz admits she was tossed out because she had been taking photographers of angry protesters as they tried to drown out the speakers. On her way out, a man "grabbed my arm and my camera and tried to break my camera." She told a policeman about it, and he replied: "I'm done." She took a picture of the officer and his badge, and "that made them all very angry," she said. "Too bad because they refused to help me."

As she was walking to her car, she saw the man on the ground. She recognized him as a local minister. She took his picture, to the chagrin of police officers, then was arrested as she walked away, she said. She claims she was maced even after her hands were cuffed behind her back. She said the mace made her sick. "It's very painful," she said. "I was crying, hyperventilating."


Spitz said she won't be returning to any such meetings anytime soon.

"These tea baggers are dangerous," she said. "I'm not going to any more town hall meetings until these people calm down."

Kenneth Gladney, 38, a conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with "Don't tread on me" printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was awaiting treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack.

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  -Alleged "Attack Victim" Kenneth Gladney Is Uninsured, Solicits Donations for "Medical Bills" Stephanie  Aug-09-09 03:00 PM   #0 
  - you can't make this sh*t up . . .  mzteris   Aug-09-09 03:02 PM   #1 
  - That's a really good question.  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:03 PM   #3 
  - There's this:  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:06 PM   #5 
  - The Reverend's shoulder was broken and dislocated?  Emit   Aug-09-09 03:57 PM   #45 
  - Also, thought you may be interested, the wingers have released this YouTube video of Rev McCowan  Emit   Aug-09-09 04:05 PM   #51 
     - That is three minutes lost forever. nt.  Warren Stupidity   Aug-09-09 04:09 PM   #53 
        - Lol!  Emit   Aug-09-09 04:19 PM   #56 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-09-09 03:13 PM   #11 
     - Where is the police report?  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:14 PM   #12 
     - Yeah, sure-- your concern is duly noted.  Marr   Aug-09-09 03:22 PM   #16 
     - Not a media nightmare for those who  sabrina 1   Aug-09-09 03:23 PM   #17 
     - So the White House called and told them to step up with violence, huh?  YOY   Aug-09-09 03:24 PM   #19 
     - Can I ask what prescription drugs you take?  tridim   Aug-09-09 03:25 PM   #21 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-09-09 03:35 PM   #26 
        - good idea  Warren Stupidity   Aug-09-09 03:36 PM   #28 
        - You said: "Because the SEIU guy was not attacked....according to the police report."  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:39 PM   #29 
        - Believe it or not, It was a serious question.  tridim   Aug-09-09 03:47 PM   #38 
        - Enjoy your pizza!  PA Democrat   Aug-09-09 03:53 PM   #41 
        - The delivery service is excellent today.  Warren Stupidity   Aug-09-09 03:54 PM   #43 
        - You claimed there was a police report. Now you say it  sabrina 1   Aug-09-09 03:54 PM   #42 
        - Democrat leadership? ----Totally busted!  Kingofalldems   Aug-09-09 04:02 PM   #49 
        - 2 braincells  SmileyRose   Aug-09-09 04:16 PM   #55 
     - " It looks like his shoulder was dislocated."  Warren Stupidity   Aug-09-09 03:33 PM   # 
     - Oh wait! There IS no police report yet.  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:33 PM   #24 
     - I work in the court system  BluePup   Aug-09-09 03:39 PM   #30 
        - Oh, so you've READ this "pre-report"?  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:40 PM   #33 
        - you're prevaricating. to what end?  Hannah Bell   Aug-09-09 03:44 PM   #36 
        - Why don't I believe you?  YOY   Aug-09-09 03:49 PM   #40 
        - And I'm sure the "pre-report" for Ashley Todd had her listed as the victim of an assault too  ck4829   Aug-09-09 03:55 PM   #44 
        - So you're not from that city, but they let you read a  sabrina 1   Aug-09-09 03:59 PM   #47 
           - we will never know, at least not in this incarnation  Warren Stupidity   Aug-09-09 04:01 PM   #48 
              - Ah well, probably for the best as it was unlikely  sabrina 1   Aug-09-09 04:28 PM   #57 
              - I love how it was pretending to be a blue dog.  YOY   Aug-09-09 04:42 PM   #58 
     - According to the SEIU's press release, it was their member who suffered a broken & dislocated  PA Democrat   Aug-09-09 03:39 PM   #31 
     - Dude, watch the video. The guy with the hurt shoulder IS THE SEIU GUY!  Barack_America   Aug-09-09 03:41 PM   #34 
     - Correction - it's a manufactured media nightmare  varelse   Aug-09-09 03:43 PM   #35 
     - The guy on the ground is an SEIU guy. He's the one who had his shoulder dislocated  notadmblnd   Aug-09-09 03:45 PM   #37 
     - Do you have a copy of the police report?  Emit   Aug-09-09 03:58 PM   #46 
     - Who said there is not such thing as a free lunch?  Warren Stupidity   Aug-09-09 04:04 PM   #50 
  - Hmmm. I was going to send him 30$ to help him.  bluestateguy   Aug-09-09 03:03 PM   # 
  - Irony abounds.  timeforpeace   Aug-09-09 03:03 PM   #2 
  - Indeed.  Barack_America   Aug-09-09 03:15 PM   #14 
  - I smell either severe ignorance and a hint of possible fraud.  YOY   Aug-09-09 03:04 PM   #4 
  - He has medical bills?  Scurrilous   Aug-09-09 03:07 PM   #6 
  - Well that's what I'd like to know - why doesn't he release them?  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:09 PM   #7 
     - You know...fleecing them really doesn't all that hard.  YOY   Aug-09-09 03:11 PM   #9 
        - I have a birth certificate for sale...  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:12 PM   #10 
  - Damn!  Are_grits_groceries   Aug-09-09 03:10 PM   #8 
  - I don't need to see his medical bills to know he is milking this thing for all its worth n/t  cynatnite   Aug-09-09 03:15 PM   #13 
  - i'd have to say the wheelchair is the first clue. i'm surprised the guy didn't have a neck brace on  ejpoeta   Aug-09-09 03:27 PM   #22 
  - That's how you pay your propaganda celebrities.  Marr   Aug-09-09 03:19 PM   #15 
  - 100% pure political theater  tridim   Aug-09-09 03:24 PM   #18 
  - Funny thing isn't it?  YOY   Aug-09-09 03:34 PM   #25 
  - Kenneth Gladney, heal thyself. nt  City Lights   Aug-09-09 03:24 PM   #20 
  - People attracted to right wing politics are people of the lie.  liberalmuse   Aug-09-09 03:29 PM   #23 
  - M. Scott Peck  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:36 PM   #27 
  - The video (posted here somewhere) shows him just fine after the alleged assult  notadmblnd   Aug-09-09 03:40 PM   #32 
  - Video's posted in the OP  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 03:48 PM   #39 
  - delete  heppcatt   Aug-09-09 04:08 PM   #52 
  - Freeper hilarity:  Stephanie   Aug-09-09 04:12 PM   #54 
  - I'm sure they are shelling out big bux to pay this guy's medical bills... not.  Mayberry Machiavelli   Aug-09-09 04:45 PM   #59 
     - Ha Ha! Freepers: "Lets milk it!"  Stephanie   Aug-10-09 06:08 AM   #61 
  - have them release the ENTIRE video ...  zbdent   Aug-09-09 05:04 PM   #60 
  - They just showed it on MSNBC  Stephanie   Aug-10-09 02:20 PM   #62 
  - Is this performance art?  ellie   Aug-10-09 02:21 PM   #63 
  - you're too kind  Stephanie   Aug-10-09 05:20 PM   #64 
  - Oh Please.... the GOP isn't paying him enough? Cry me a river.... nt  Blasphemer   Aug-10-09 05:26 PM   #65 

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