Jim Hoft at Big Government has some pictures from a Quincy, Illinois Tea Party today. President Obama was speaking nearby about Wall Street greed, and somebody obviously thought the Tea Partiers posed a major threat, because security reinforcements were brought in.
Thank goodness the riot police showed up quickly before something serious happened. Look at these extremist maniacs!
And of course you can never be wearing too much body armor when dealing with terrorists who are wielding the dreaded bullhorn of mass destruction:
No word yet on how many crimes were carried out in town while the police were being ordered to monitor this seething cauldron of Tea Party rage, but it was a small price to pay to keep the area secure.
More pics and a video of the riot cops — including a very small geared-up officer that leads me to believe it might have been “take your SWAT kid to work day” — can be found here.
Update: A tad more info from the Quincy Herald-Whig:
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.
Update II: Jim Hoft wrote to say that the above report about the crowd refusing to move is not true, and that the call to bring in the police came from the inside and for no apparent reason (other than perhaps intimidation — or maybe “somebody” claimed they heard a racial slur). More here.
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