October 21st, 2008
03:09 AM ET
14 years ago

Protesters try to disrupt Palin motorcade

(CNN) - Several protesters tried to block the motorcade of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in Grand Junction, Colorado on Monday afternoon, but police dragged them out of the way in a dramatic encounter.

The incident - just feet from the car carrying Palin - was captured on video by CNN affiliate KKCO-TV.

Eight to 10 protesters broke away from a larger group of demonstrators and darted into the street in front of Palin's car just after the first police motorcycles in her motorcade had passed, said Acting Chief Troy Smith of the Grand Junction Police Department.

Wearing bandanas and with faces covered, they blocked the path and held up a large banner. Officers in the motorcade stopped their motorcycles, and grabbed protesters, dragging several out of the path of the oncoming motorcade.

At least two demonstrators were tackled and forced to the ground before being pulled away. One officer fell backwards into the path of an approaching vehicle but he was able to get out of the way in time.

Palin's vehicle passed without a problem as other protesters chanted on the sidewalk, about a block from a site where Palin had addressed a rally.

Smith said officers saved the protesters from injury because "the motorcade likely would not have stopped" for them. He said "we don't know what their intentions were" in trying to block Palin's motorcade.

Investigators in Grand Junction are reviewing videotapes to try to identify suspects in an "active criminal investigation," Smith said. The Secret Service is not involved in the investigation, he said.

The protesters were members of a group called "Red Pill," Smith said. A Web site that carried an announcement of the group's planned protest urged supporters to show Palin "that we as a community say no to war, no to corporate cronyism, and no to four more years of Bush-style leadership." It
encouraged people to bring "drums, noise makers, and your strength."

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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Army Strong

    Palin is another Bush she is dangerous if she get in the white house. palin as bumb as a pile of rocks just like bush!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Chris from STL

    Republican strategists say Palin has mobilized their party's base .... on the other hand she has moved a lot of people from the party ... only people that are now left with the part are right wing nuts. This is very sad for the GOP.

    For every sinlge person she brought in, she probaly caused 4 to turn away from GOP ...

    October 21, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. tech

    it has nothing to do with democrats. These are common people that are expressing their views which is our constitutional right, in case you hypocratic federalists didnt know.

    October 21, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. tech

    Palin is the "little mind of America". I think Renee is absolutely right! The DUD woman is divisive and is full of hate. Stupidity and ignorance causes hate...i guess u r in the same position?

    October 21, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. jerry in suffolk va


    October 21, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  6. obamaCARES4all&notJUST"joe"

    I disagree with the actions of these few, but I love their motives. I feel that this was dangerous and risky, but I love the fact that Obama has supporters who think out of the box to capture attention and show the world how much they love him. It is important to note that Obama doesn't encourage violence or negative suggestions where as his oponents defend person's who scream "kill him" just because they support the McCain/Palin ticket. Although these individuals involved in the protest put themselves in danger, they never suggested or agreed with someone implying or promoting physical harm to any candidate.

    October 21, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  7. ANGIE

    I was listening to a radio program the Topic was about AIP, The Alaska Independence Party, Those people that belong to it are really Anti-America.They dont like America they dont want no part of it, They dont LIKE OUR WAYS! And Just to think Todd Palin belonged to this group and Sara speaking to them saying keep up the good work! So what that means is she Supports people who dont LIKE AMERICA! No wonder her Anti- America statements she has made recently has been so strong THIS SHOULD CONCERN FOLKS!

    October 21, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  8. arthur

    let's be patience and civilised.protest should be non violent and peaceful.please do not follow in d path of maccain/palin.let them do their dirty work alone.accusing decent people of being terrorist n socialist will teach them a lesson in this election.enough is enough.

    October 21, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Darnell

    I think palin was not a good pick for macain this chick dont know didlysquat

    October 21, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |

    Just like liberal democrat anti-americans. They are out in fine fashion this election cycle. The left in American is determined to censor their opponents at any cost. The exact party which claims to support free speech, can't stand free speech when said speech contradicts their veiw points. We have seen this time and again in history from the liberal idiots.

    October 21, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. AllAmerican

    What a bunch of idiots! If you don't like a candidate vote for their opposition. Threatening a candidate (yes jumping in front of a motorcade is a threat!) is not cool no matter what side of the fence you are on. I hope they are convicted as felons so they lose their right to vote! And that opinion would be the same if someone jumped in front of a Obama motorcade.

    October 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Carol, Retired Teacher From Texas

    People, voice your opinion by casting your VOTE! We can accomplish victory one vote at a time. Vote early to avoid the long lines and possible mishaps...
    Obama/Biden "08".

    October 21, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Disrupt her motorcade? What did they do, try to ask her a question?!


    October 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Baby love

    Palin is too negative and she want to divide this nation,i hope she and her angry macain loss this election .

    October 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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