wrote this about the incident:
What I can tell is that a guy walking 10-20 feet ahead of us said to the guys in purple shirts (SEIU members, as I understand) "you attacked him!" and "you're going to jail!"
The guy who said he was attacked (light brown short sleeve collared shirt) said he was just out there selling something (I think "Don't Tread on Me" flags).
One black conservative was seriously hurt outside the event.
The Post-Dispatch reported:
St. Louis County police say six people were arrested. Two of those were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances. Carnahan was gone when the ruckus started.
Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old 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 of the St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.
“It just seems there's no freedom of speech without being attacked,” he said.
Carnahan reserved a section at the event for union supporters.
He blocked the 1,000 tea party protesters from entering the event and even had his supporters enter in a side door.
Here is another video of the massive crowd of tea party taxpayers waiting in line before the town hall event. They were denied entry but the union members were allowed in through a side door.
Patterico adds this: "Angry Mob of Racist Extremists Beats Black Man at Town Hall Meeting"
Where's Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?
UPDATE: At least three of the batterers wer SEIU representatives.
An important line was crossed last night. Violence in American politics isn't anything new. Union violence isn't anything new. Union violence in American politics isn't anything new. What IS new is violence against ordinary protesting citizens carried out by union stormtroopers EXPLICITLY CALLED OUT BY and CONDONED by the governing political party and the President of the United States.
The next four weeks will be crucial. By the end of September, we will know if we exist in a free republic or in an authoritarian state.
Continue to pray for our country....