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. Gracie

    You would think Sarah Palin would have a CLUE by now.

    I think Sarah Palin is all about Sarah Palin right now. This women is not stupid. The "Pitt Bull" is slowing turning on her own Master. She sees the writing on the wall. Come one, are we to think this woman doesn't see she's standing right in the middle of the Titanic and it's sinking fast? I think Sarah Palin is NOW campaigning for Sarah Palin. She's laying the ground work for her won Presidential run, knowing that John McCain is losing big time right now. This woman is very MANIPULATIVE, CALCULATING and AMBITIOUS. She doesn't like the fact that she's been held on a very "tight" leash by the McCain camp, AND I honestly believe that Sarah Palin is using the John McCain to BOOST her national spotlight.

    The song "Back Stabbers" by the O'Jays is now silently playing at the McCain-Palin rallies and John McCain is clueless once again. His own Pitt Bull is slowly turning on her own Master right before our eyes. She's repeatedly disagreed with John McCain on his own policies, this is a WARNING FLAG!!!!

    I think it's just a matter of time before the pitt bull runs free from her Master after he taught her everything she's knows. Mark my words, this woman is planning her own Presidency and she is MORE than willing to walk over John McCain to get there!!! Bottom line.

    October 21, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  2. Kate in Ottawa

    Will someone please explain the difference between Palin's and Wright's intentions? I don't see any frankly.

    Obama distanced himself from Wright when he realized how Wright was not right. McCain, now it's your turn to show your mettle...what's more important, you getting the Presidency or you saving the country? Did you really fight so hard all these years to see it all go down the drain with one flush by Miss Maverick...a video game caricature if ever there was one?

    October 21, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  3. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    The biggest way to protest is to vote the Obama/Biden ticket.

    October 21, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  4. Deborah

    Peaceful protest is perfectly acceptable. However, disrupting a motorcade is not. I agree with others who have alread commented that we need to all take a deep breathe and calm down. Things are getting scary and out of hand.

    This country needs to come together and put this divisiveness behind us. Come Nov. 5th we'll all have a new President, and we'll all have to accept that peacefully. If we don't, we really are a nation in deep trouble.

    October 21, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  5. ND Mom

    Please, please we must not bother the Queen.

    October 21, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  6. Sophia, 23, FL

    They did it with reason

    OBAMA '08

    October 21, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  7. Gidget re-writes the Constitution

    Hate and anger that she represents breeds more anger...and then violence.

    Please dont follow the example of McCain Palin. Look to Obama and Biden for leadership by example.

    October 21, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  8. Sara Mae

    I hope they don't pend this on Obama. Everything that happens is because of Obama. People people are getting antsy about this election.

    October 21, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  9. Jon

    From a conservative democrat October 21st, 2008 5:06 am ET

    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.

    Please explain to me how the REPUBLICANS are the reason for our economic problems when it was the DEMOCRATS who did not want stricter regulations placed on Fannie and Freddie??? Also, it was the DEMOCRATS who systematically forced lenders to give mortgages to lessor qualified applicants who have since defaulted. So, please, I'd like to hear just how the Republicans caused this.

    October 21, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  10. Susan in Delaware

    Oh that's right, it's Sarah's fault the country sucks. Wow, just what we need a true scapegoat. Let us not forget the other three candidates are sitting senators (when they deem it convenient to actually show up for the job) and I'm pretty sure that Palin has been in her own little bubble in Alaska , so to hold her responsible for all the ills is pretty disingenuous. BTW if BO is such a uniter, why do we have such venom out there?

    October 21, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  11. Blue By You

    I'm a Democrat. Lock these people up. Demonstrate, hold your signs, make lots of noise, but do not interfere. It only gives us law-abiding folks a bad name. The GOP has the thugs. We do not. Let's keep it that way.

    October 21, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  12. Bruce

    Welcme to the real world of people that JUST DON'T LIKE YOUR politics. But then AIP is not noted for being NICE either. And you do KNOW the AIP very WELL

    October 21, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  13. Republicans for OBAMA

    Dont be surprised if you see Texas turn Blue, this Republican party is not the one Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, and Dad are use to, Collin Powell was the "NAIL IN THE COFFIN" for McCain/Palin......

    October 21, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  14. Robert

    Palin is a negative nitwit that does not belong in Politics.

    October 21, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  15. Ben

    I guess Grand Junction isn't one of those "pro-America" areas Palin likes to talk about.

    October 21, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  16. mitch

    she should be protested more.

    October 21, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  17. KofTX

    Republicans can kiss Colorado good-bye 😉

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  18. Stew

    It was only a matter of time before Barak Obama followers get violent. This is no surprise after seeing some of the vile statements that are put up on these blogs.

    October 21, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  19. Lisa

    VOTE your protest!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  20. susie

    If Republicans had disrupted Obama's motorcade it would be called racist.

    October 21, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  21. Damon

    Protests are what this country was built on. The patriots that fought against tyrannical British rule would be deemed terrorists today because of some of their tactics...tarring and feathering, lynching, destroying property. Keep speaking out against division in this country. Believe me...the world is expecting big things from us. Elect Obama/ Biden!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  22. legare

    I agree the best way to protest is to get out and vote!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  23. Harry Plummer

    As a Canadian permit to comment. If you don't agree with the McCain/Palin ticket then don't vote for them. Surely they have a right to campaign without this kind of obstruction which may shift sentiment the other way.

    October 21, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. Arizona Dem

    I think poeple are making a statement. We dont need that kind of administration.

    October 21, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  25. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    The election of McCain/Palin would divide this country to a degree which we have not seen in many years! The campaign seemed to be taking the high road until this hate mongering "pit bull" entered the scene.

    October 21, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
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