Police Launch Investigation to Catch Palin Protestors

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

The Grand Junction Police Department is looking for the protestors who ran in front of Sarah Palin's motorcade Monday evening, endangering themselves and officers.

Police consider the actions the protestors took as criminal, as they had previously been told by officers how to lawfully protest, ordering them to stay on the sidewalk. The act also posed a security threat to the Governor and her motorcade, as officers say they had no idea what the protestors' intentions were, or if they planned to harm anyone.

Arrests were not initially made because the officer involved had to immediately return to their positoins in teh motorcade. Police have collected several pieces of video and evidence in this incident, but are asking for the public to submit any pictures or video they have to assist police with their investigation.

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  • by Linda Location: Grand Valley on Oct 22, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    The protestors ignored the rules in a very immmature and wreckless way.Rules are rules and they should have complied. Period.
  • by Anne Location: GJ on Oct 21, 2008 at 10:23 PM
    I am repulsed by the protesters actions. If they feel so righteous for their actions, then why the need to cover their faces? It too strongly reminds me of the terrorists who do the same. The officers should be commended for a job well done!
  • by Anonymous 2 Location: Co on Oct 21, 2008 at 09:35 PM
    Actually Chadwick it is illegal to block a roadway! Nobody has the "Right" to block a public roadway. What excactly were they needing to say in the middle of the street that could not be said from the sidewalk! These people were simply trying to bring attention to themselves. They should be lucky to not be sitting in jail right now.
  • by ChadwickisRetarded Location: GJ on Oct 21, 2008 at 05:39 PM
    Dude, you are a complete wackjob. Figures you're from the land of fruits and nuts.
  • by anonymous Location: Colorado on Oct 21, 2008 at 04:56 PM
    This is a perfect example of why I won't be voting for my tax dollers being spent for higher education costs. There is an increasing temperment of "entitlement" by folks who then try to use the CONSTITUTION to defend their reckless and misguided actions. You have every right to believe what you want and to "voice" your opinion, but don't even try to use "constitutional rights" that were bought and paid for by the blood of our U.S Armed Forces to defend your ignorance! Also, to Chadwick, tax dollars in part also paid for jails and prisons in this county.........I think they should collect on their housing benefits!
  • by Jo the grandma on Oct 21, 2008 at 04:36 PM
    I don't recall the McCain supporters "getting stupid" while Obama was in town? Oh yeah, it's because they're not!!
  • by Kelly Location: grand Junction, co on Oct 21, 2008 at 04:25 PM
    To Chadwick in San Francisco... YOU'RE AS STUPID AS THESE PROTESTERS ARE!!
  • by Terri Location: Grand Junction, Co on Oct 21, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    They would have been shot, had it been McCain supporters doing it to the Obama motorcade. I pray that they will not get away with it. These people need to have their faces posted on the front page of the paper and should have all of their emails, phone calls, etc. examined carefully, from now on. Hate is a dangerous weapon to own.
  • by Mary Location: Florida on Oct 21, 2008 at 03:48 PM
    The constitution guarantees the right to free speech-- when that exercise endangers someone who the Secret Service is protecting, the Secret Service ( the police, and the authorities), always win. These nuts who want to stop traffic don't do anything to help their cause or spread their message by acting like brainless idiots. Go read Gandi's writings on non-violent protest, and learn a thing or two.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    It does not matter what the reason(s) was/were for the "protesters" to attempt to block the motorcade; The fact is that they had NO right to stop traffic. Since the Kennedy assassinations the proximity of the public to their elected leaders is the major source of "heartburn" for the Secret Service and other protection professionals. The interruption of this traffic flow would have been an ideal set up to assassinate any official; Simply review the use of IEDs in the Mid East. It may not have been the "protesters" purpose but... After viewing the tape, it is my opinion that the force used, in context of the time available for the actions needed to keep the traffic channel open, was reasonable, appropriate, and necessary. It was also quite obvious that one of the officers was almost struck by one of the vehicles as he tried to clear the road. If the motorcade was forced to halt,the phrase "Sittin' Duck" might once again echo from the media. Your local officers did well! Cordially
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