Keep in mind the standard response of Carnahan has been this was a conference on aging, and he couldn't figure out why the Tea Party was there. And yet, members of his crack volunteer army are there, snapping pictures, making a nuisance of themselves, and eventually arrested for interfering.
This is video earlier in the day of Brian and Javonne getting mixed up with David Brown and another young man trying to sell merchandise while in line. The black man is not Kenneth Gladney, who was working separately with his own materials. You see Javonne saying, "Come down here black man." That picture is also the one Adam from StlActivist Hub has access to, which suggests that Adam (probably through facebook), has all of the pictures that Javonne took that day. But not all progressives support her. Javonne spent the day taking pictures, then going inside, where she caused enough problems that hotflash from ShowMeProgress wrote about her being unruly.
Javonne was asked to leave. She then went outside and took pictures of everyone she could, shoving her camera in their face without explanation. This tactic has happened all across the country, and is clearly an attempt to intimidate Tea Party protestors from showing up. Who told Javonne to do this? Was it a coordinated action?
I have video of another man who claims he works with Carnahan, who is verbally abusive to a number of Tea Party folks, and who would later appear at the McCaskill event, claiming he was with TalkingPointsMemo.com. That's coming up next. But you've been waiting for it, and here it is. Video of Javonne Spitz and Brian Matthews being arrested.
She is arrested after being told repeatedly to leave. When she finally does leave, she stops again and tries to take another picture of the police officer standing over Elston McCowan. The officer has had enough and runs over to put cuffs on her, and she refuses to do so. She struggles, fights back, and keeps saying she's not under arrest. When she refuses to comply, they threaten to spray her, and then spray her. Note they don't spray Brian Matthews, or Elston McCowan, who is sitting on the curb. They arrest and pepper spray a combative and unruly person who won't comply with lawful orders to move away.
And I guess we know this isn't a little old lady being manhandled by police, but instead a leftwing activist involved with the Carnahan campaign and Organizing for America (yes, she organized events for the Obama campaign) who spent the day causing problems, getting increasingly erratic and abusive, and eventually was arrested. Which brings the total to four of six, the people who were involved in Democratic politics who were arrested that night. That leaves one person unidentified who is on video hitting a tea party videographer and one being a reporter, Jake Wagman, who came in at the end after Javonne had upped the tension level, while SEIU staff accused of assault were still being arrested. Let's not pretend little old grandmothers and ministers were unfairly arrested and detained. Left wing activists and SEIU staff looking for trouble were detained and arrested.