PROTESTERS ENDANGERED THEMSELVES IN MOTORCADE INCIDENT, POLICE SAY

Second stop by a candidate in Grand Junction

Grand Junction police are investigating an incident in which Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah
Palin’s motorcade was momentarily blocked at 12th Street and North Avenue on Monday evening.

Police made no arrests immediately but have video that they will use in a criminal investigation, Deputy Chief Troy Smith said.

No injuries were reported.

Video recorded by Jon and Janel Staton of Grand Junction and posted on GJSentinel.com shows several protesters racing into Palin’s motorcade and two police officers removing them from traffic.

“It was very dangerous what (the protesters) did,” Smith said. Two officers laid down their motorcycles “in an action to save these guys from injury.”

The incident endangered the protesters, as well as the officers, one of whom stumbled and fell back into the path of the motorcade, Smith said.

The officer got out of the way without injury, he said

After viewing video from the incident, Smith said the officers “saved these people from bodily injury and I saw them use a great deal of restraint.”

The officers’ main assignment was protecting Palin, Smith said, so no arrests were made.


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