NEW: Dashcam Video of Palin Protestors

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

You saw it first on 11 News at ten on Monday, chaotic video of police rushing protestors who ran into traffic. Now police have released dashcam video.

This story has made national headlines since we brought it to you Monday night but here in Grand Junction the headlines are only beginning as the police department continues its investigation into the protest.

Dashcam video from a patrol car captures police pouncing on protestors as they rush into traffic.

Taking a look in slow motion you can see officers jump off of their motorcycles to get the protestors out of the road.

Investigators say it's that quick action that kept the situation from turning deadly.

"They took swift appropriate action that may have saved people from getting seriously hurt," Troy Smith, Acting Chief for the Grand Junction Police Department, told 11 News on Tuesday.

Smith says before the motorcade drove down 12th Street officers gave protestors orders on how to protest lawfully and they violated those orders.

"We were inclined to let them stay there. We asked them to stay off of the roadway and out of the street," said Smith.

He says he believes officers showed restraint in pulling the protestors out of the road.

But protestor Mallory Rice says it was hardly restraint.

"I had an officer grab me by my head, my hair, and drag me to the sidewalk. It was terrifying," Rice told 11 News in an interview on Tuesday.

Rice says she and other protestors never meant to put police officers in danger and they were just trying to spread their anti–Palin message.

"With the opportunity of having a national figure in town, civil disobedience is one of the best ways you can get your message across," she told 11 News.

And even though she's now under investigation, she and other protestors feel they did just that.

But the question remains at what consequence and while police say they're happy to let people exercise their first amendment rights,
public safety comes first.

Grand Junction Police say they did not make any arrests on Monday to avoid escalating the conflict.

Now they are looking into criminal action and civil action for any damages to police vehicles.

They are also doing an administrative review, which they say is standard whenever there is a confrontation like this.

The protestors have filed a complaint of excessive force with the police department.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you the very latest.

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  • by concerned citizen Location: grand junction on Nov 10, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    I don't care what your political affiliation is. It is your duty as an American citizen to fight for each and every one of your rights in order to protect freedom for our future generations. Civil disobedience is one of the very few tools that we as Americans have. Do you think that Martin Luther King was a skank for fighting for equal rights for people of color? Were the women who fought and marched in civil disobedience for the right to vote skanks as well? How about our forefathers who rejected the tyrranical English government, skanks as well? I always thought these people were heroes, guess you disagree
  • by Matt Location: Kentucky on Oct 27, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    So let me get this straight, Rogue from CBUS: it's "hippies" who give the people their right to protest? I was WAY off. I thought it was the men and women of the military who put their life on the line every day to support and defend the Constitution, which has that wonderful little 1st Amendment. As someone who has seen suicide attacks first hand, this was a pretty standard example of how Al Qaida does it. Find a bunch of civilians so that Americans are reluctant to use lethal force, make a roadblock where the non-combatants are, and then remote detonate a mentally disabled woman. Civilians? Check. Roadblock? Check. Mentally disabled woman (Miss Rice)? Check. Thank God these people weren't hurt and that there are other, nobler people who will give their life to ensure you have the right to waste yours.
  • by Jenna Location: Indiana on Oct 27, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    There's a way to protest without making yourself out to look like a mindless idiot. (In case you're confused, this isn't it.) You break the rules, you pay the price. Don't most people learn that in Kindergarten?
  • by John Location: St. Louis on Oct 26, 2008 at 09:17 PM
    While I applaud them in their grown into adulthood, I caution them to remember that ignorance is bliss. Their interception of the motorcade could have been seen as an attack which could have lead them to being shot. Their limited view of the world is just that, limited.
  • by Brandon Location: Morehead, Ky on Oct 23, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    Don't get upset about your hair darlin'... Just be glad that the Secret Service didn't run your crazy butt over. They are under orders to stop for NOTHING! As for why you went out there in the first place after being told where to stand. Why would you do that?? The police have no idea what your intentions are and could have shot you. Didn't you think of that?
  • by Jim Location: Asheville, NC on Oct 23, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    Rest easy. If Obama wins he could drop a nuke on San Francisco and idiots like Mallory Rice and her ilk will suddenly think it's A-OK. You see, it's not what the US prez does, it's what party to which they belong that matters. In other words, if Obama/Biden were saying the exact same things that McCain/Palin are saying in this campaign, and this had been a Biden motorcade instead of Palin, Mallory Rice and her comrades would have been cheering them instead of protesting.
  • by Dragoon Location: Grand Junction on Oct 23, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    These Same Idiots protest against everything and everybody. they change their target more than you and I change our underwear. They are supported by your tax dollars none of them have a real job. each protest they take more chances and put them and their sheep (followers) closer to a fatal conclusion. the thing you didn't see is they hit the front entrance at the same time they hit the motorcade a classic way terrorists take out their target. and the tall guy who pushed the cop into traffic should face felony charges. TAKE THEIR GOVERNMENT HOUSING, GET THEM OFF THEIR BUTTS AND GET A REAL JOB.
  • by Mike Location: Abroad on Oct 23, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    They were lucky they were only pushed out of the way. I think the motorcade should have never checked up and plowed through those idiots. At least then it would be a lesson to anyone else planning on becoming an idiot and a statistic.
  • by Observer Location: Illinois on Oct 23, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    Well, Mallory Rice has just let the world know what idiots she and her friends are!
  • by Cory Location: Abroad on Oct 22, 2008 at 10:57 PM
    Everyone blaming the protesters for putting themselves and others in danger are all plain nutty. You have got to be kidding me? First of all, you can not watch the news and believe one damn word from anyone. That is everyone's first fundamental error. Our media have been lying for decades just so they can make money. Secondly, after watching the video can see it was edited to just show the clip where they were ALREADY in the road. It looks to me like they were aware of the cars coming and stood in the way long before there was any risk of being hurt, meaning the drivers could of slowed or stopped. What the hell is wrong with USA today. If they receive any charge it should be obstructing traffic. Nothing else. What they did was perfectly legal and legitimate, the problem is the police and of course the media will be blowing this out of proportion so the sheeple can stay in their homes and not get any ideas. If this country would wake up, we would realize we have lost all our rights.
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