Thursday, April 29, 2010

Comedy Gold! Riot Police Called Out For Quincy Illinois Tea Party Rally

Quincy Herald Whig: Quincy Tea Party members wanted President Barack Obama to know they were present Wednesday afternoon during his appearance in Quincy.
About 200 people protesting Obama's policies loudly chanted "USA, USA" as his motorcade made its way out of the Oakley-Lindsay Center, then sang "Hey, hey, hey, goodbye" as the vehicle went by.
The participants were vocal but well-behaved as they stood on the north side of York Street across from the OLC. […]
There were a few tense moments when the crowd moved west down York toward Third Street after the president's motorcade arrived. A Secret Service agent asked the crowd to move back across the street to the north side.
When the crowd didn't move and began singing "God Bless, America" and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.
The officers, mainly from Metro East departments near St. Louis and dressed in full body armor, marched from the east and stood on the south side of York facing the protesters.
There was no physical contact, and the officers did not come close to the crowd, but there were catcalls and more than a few upset tea party members, including a woman who shouted, "This is communism!"
McQueen also assisted in asking people to step back to the north side of York. The crowd moved back, the officers stayed for about 15 minutes and left, and there were no other incidents.
"It's just a communication issue. We were trying to get them to move across the street," Quincy Deputy Police Chief Curt Kelty said. "We were just trying to move them back, they complied, and it was fine."
Several of the Quincy Tea Party members thanked Kelty as they left the area.[…] 
If you think thats funny, just watch the video below. 


This has to be the politest riot I ever saw.  I have lived in NYC for much of my life and as such I have seen protests galore. I don’t think I ever saw one where riot police were present and people were saying “please” and “thank you”.

I certainly hope the police checked out these two, especially the one on the right. I bet that is no collapsing lawn chair, looks like it could be a surface to air rocket launcher!

More images of the "menacing" tea partiers at Gateway Pundit.

Video h/t: Hot Air

18 comments:

ozzie said...

My honest opinion:

They didn't even look at the protestors which tells me that they (police) don't believe in their orders. They are on our side so long as we remain non-violent.

How wonderfully calm the protestors were! I'm sure this will not be on the news with the contrast of the liberal AZ protests.

Christopher said...

I wonder just how stupid the police felt (I said felt) that they were actually ordered to do that?

Makes me wonder if Hussein thought the police were acting 'stupidly' this time ????? Nawww, could'nt be.

Rachel Ann said...

Don't you see the smiles on those women's faces? They are obviously trying to trick you into believing they are nice women. Didn't you see Arsenic and Old Lace? Really! (Hopefully by now I don't have to say sarcasm...sigh, I really should develop other tones but the MSM just sets me off)

smitty1e said...

"You would cry, too*
If that much blue hair happened to you."

*And muster the riot squad.

madmath1 said...

The left is cowering in such fear that they sent the riot police to protect them from . . . old women? Explains a lot of the insane TSA procedures.

Janelle said...

This is pricelessly funny on so many levels! Wouldn't you love to hear the comments the police made to each other about having to show up in riot gear?

trinity said...

I wonder how much it cost the city of Quincy to have the riot police turn out for no reason.

Just a conservative girl said...

I have to admit that I giggled more than a little when I heard that the police were called because they were singing the national anthem. But the reality is this type of things happens regardless of who is in office. No city wants anything to happen to the president on their watch. When I went to see Obama speak last month, the protesters were allowed, but were kept pretty far away. Look at how far dems were kept away from the convention center in 04.

I personally think we need to stop having no free speech zones in front of the president. It would be good for them to see and hear the protesters.

Gary said...

Stop these dangerous people before they sing again! :)

Clifton B said...

Ozzie:

If I were one of the riot cops, I would have felt damn foolish being there. I sounds like from the video that most of the protester were gawking at the cops.

Clifton B said...

Christopher:

I wonder just how stupid the police felt (I said felt) that they were actually ordered to do that?

I was thinking the exact same thing.

Clifton B said...

Rachel Ann:

:-D I like the sarcasm!

Clifton B said...

Smitty1e:

Very catchy jingle!

Clifton B said...

madmath1:

Reaganite Republican has a very interesting posts. He thinks the riot cops were sent to scare the protesters.

Clifton B said...

Janelle:

Yeah, I would love to have heard what the riot cops said after that silly exercise.

Clifton B said...

trinity:

We are all suppose to be socialists now, wasting money is no concern. LOL

Clifton B said...

JACG:

I understand that no police force wants to slip up when the president is in town. But, from the looks of the crowd there may have about 10% who were not on social security. I think the regular cops would have been able to handle that.

Yeah, those free speech zones really don't make any sense. They sure do keep the voice of the people far away from the intended ears.

Clifton B said...

Gary:

they are truly frightening. What next the Pledge of Allegiance?

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