October 21st, 2008
03:09 AM ET
13 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. Simonk

    I think people have know mcains intention as per as stirring the crowds with hatred instead of address the current crisis, of which he contributed by voting 3 out of 4 with president bush. Mcain keep changing his plans like health care, what he would do as president to move this country back on track.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  2. JohnBoy

    PUT THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL.

    October 21, 2008 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  3. Kate

    am not an american, but i hope the americans pick the right candidate and that is obama, mccain and palin has nothing to offer just words and the same mistake..other coutries round the world support obama and i wish him d best of luck!

    October 21, 2008 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  4. mary

    Palin palling around with successionists. Actually she lives with one.

    October 21, 2008 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  5. From a conservative democrat

    again, a proof that this is not john mccain's fault or GOV palin to run for office. but it is a proof that americans mostly together agree that REPUBLICANS are the reason we are having difficult problems facing us ahead.

    elect Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  6. alu

    oh what a vice presedent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  7. Texas Teacher

    I agree, Peachbird, this is more than an election. This is the future of our country, the direction we will go in. Will we continue as a democracy or will be continue with the gradual take over that we have been watching since Nixon era?

    Obama is "the One." And that is what the Republican Party fears. The People have to choose now.... we choose with our votes. We trust what we feel in our hearts and our souls. And we Vote!

    Grandmother of Obama. We well... and peaceful. You have done well. Creator will hold you in his loving hands. All blessings be for this good woman and her grandson, the One.

    October 21, 2008 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  8. ndubi

    Dear Democrats, do not carry out any activity that would portray you as uncivilised lot. The path to victory is already pave with gold for Obama so trying to block Palin's motorcade to underscore your disliking for her and her policies is not necessary at this moment. Instead spent that energy by going to the polling booth on Nov. 4.

    October 21, 2008 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  9. Steve

    Little minds are what is dangerous to this country. Case in point is Renee and Red Pill. I don't disagree with Red Pills right to dissent but Rennes' idiotic analysis .

    October 21, 2008 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  10. Tayo

    that implies Americans simply dont want the McCain-Palin ticket, it has been running a very diffisive campaign. American want solutions & not divide & rule tactics.

    October 21, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  11. SG

    This is a poor way to protest. The better way is to protest with your vote!!

    October 21, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  12. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    GOP looks more like Communist China every day

    October 21, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  13. Vee

    Posted by: Vee October 21, 2003 4:45 AM

    Why hasn't Sarah released her medical records?
    Would they show that she hasn't had a baby?
    Why hasn't Bristol Palin got married to her boy friend?
    If, Sarah is so religous, looks like she would want
    her daughter married, before having a baby.
    Is Bristol Palin really pregnant, or not?
    Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be a VP.
    How can she think she's ready, when
    hadn't even paid attention on what has
    been going on in the wars in iraq and
    afghanistan, before being picked as VP?

    October 21, 2008 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  14. Betty the Beautician

    Sarah Palin is only doing what she has been told (although lately she has seemed to have her own agenda). Therefore, McCain is to blame as much as she is.

    They have blamed Obama campaign for attacking Joe the Plumber when they are the ones who put Joe the Plumber on the agenda in the first place. The Obama campaign was only defending themselves from attacks by McCain/Palin/Joe the Plumber.

    Do not buy the Palin she presents to the public. This lady is smart, ambitious and will do anything to get what she wants–a dangerous combination. She also is intolerant of others religion, race and beliefs. NOT what America needs right now.

    October 21, 2008 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  15. Betty the Beautician

    Sarah Palin is only doing what she has been told (although lately she has seemed to have her own agenda). Therefore, McCain is to blame as much as she is.

    They have blamed Obama campaign for attacking Joe the Plumber when they are the ones who put Joe the Plumber on the agenda in the first place. The Obama campaign was only defending themselves from attacks by McCain/Palin/Joe the Plumber.

    Do not buy the Palin she presents to the public. This lady is smart, ambitious and will do anything to get what she wants–a dangerous combination. She also is intolerant of others religion, race and beliefs. NOT what America needs right now.

    October 21, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  16. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    We should never become what we despise, nor sink to the level which we hate. Let us vote to express our rejection of their ways.

    October 21, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  17. Gilly

    It was more of a campaign strtegy than an attempt at picking a VP who will be part of a team that will lead this country back into its path tp glory that Palin wa spicked. She does not have the qualifications to be VP and considering MacCain's age, who can imagine a president Palin taking over the white house in case the President is indisposed' The worse part is how she wants to divide the American people with her insults. God Save Anmerica

    October 21, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  18. ExPat

    The woman is a disgrace.

    October 21, 2008 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  19. JohnBoy

    These people have broken the law. PUT THEM IN JAIL. Keep them in jail for a long time. This is disrespect for out laws. This is disrespect for out country. I do not consider these people anything more than crooks or small minded terrorist.

    PUT THEM IN JAIL FOR A LONG TIME.

    October 21, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  20. Brandon from Ohio

    I agree with the person who said protest with your vote. I don't want to see anyone get hurt of this horrible woman. 2 weeks from today her political career will be over.

    October 21, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  21. Sohrab

    Pallin palling and fooling around with the failures .dumb one.

    October 21, 2008 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  22. bill for barack

    Wrong move boys and girls.
    Stay away from the lady's vehicle.
    Wave as she goes past.
    And let her get the hell out of Dodge – and America.

    October 21, 2008 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  23. Indiana Dispatcher

    So exactly what does the McCain/Palin ticket expect? They have been preaching all this negative BS for weeks now and people are just plain getting tired of it. The end result of anything so negative is usually violence! It really makes you wonder it this election was not to be held for another couple of month if this country would slide into some sort of political civil war? And we could thank good ole John McCain for that if it did happen!

    October 21, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  24. Mike in Ohio

    I am as disgusted with the McCain/Palin ticket and their campaign of divisiveness as anyone. But I'd rather not see incidents like this. I'd rather stick with Obama's message, stay on the high road, stay on message, and avoid the drama.

    If you want to make your statement in opposition of McCain/Palin, get out and vote. Vote early! Vote NOW!!! And if you are still motivated to do something, get active in the campaign. Volunteer your time to help others get out and vote, vote early, vote NOW!

    October 21, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  25. Chip

    I can only say this action fits that three letter word D-U-M-B.

    October 21, 2008 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
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