Impeach Obama Protesters Return to Same Overpass Where They Were Arrested (VIDEO)

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Danny Wicentowski
Update below: The two protesters arrested on an I-70 overpass last weekend while calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment returned to very the same spot on Saturday with over 50 supporters. They rallied from around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., using printed and hand-made signs to spread the cheer of presidential impeachment to the motorists below.

Last Saturday, on August 17, Marc Messmer, 41, of St. Charles, and Jimmy "Duane" Weed, 57, of Bridgeton were arrested for failing to comply with a Missouri State Highway Patrolman's order to leave the I-70 overpass at Fairgrounds Road, near exit 229.

"We know the difference between a lawful and unlawful order," Messmer tells Daily RFT. "We did not have to obey, and we certainly had a right to be here."

A YouTube video of the arrest has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

In the video, a patrolman asks Weed and Messmer to clear the overpass, citing the protesters' presence as a traffic hazard. Heavy east-bound traffic had already produced a number of accidents that day.

However, Weed and Messmer both dispute this, and Weed tells Daily RFT that from what he saw, the accidents were actually caused by backed-up traffic from the Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles and construction that left only two east-bound lanes open that day.

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Jimmy "Duane" Weed

"I just won't take any responsibility to contributing to these accidents," says Weed, who, (like Messmer) attended Saturday's follow-up overpass protest wearing the exact same outfit he wore last week while getting arrested. "No one is here to cause any trouble or break the law."

Daily RFT has reached out to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for comment and we'll update if we hear back. Though arrested for failing to obey (and also resisting arrest, in Messmer's case), it unclear whether the two men will face charges. Other overpass protests on August 17 in Wentzville and Springfield attracted no police attention.

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Marc Messmer, left, talks with another protesterd during an Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment rally on August 24, 2013.

The tactic of using an interstate overpass as a platform for protest is the M.O. of Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment, a loosely affiliated organization of like-minded patriots that was founded two months ago by James Neighbors, a 46-year-old Oklahoma man. The group's website lists 50 state-specific Facebook groups with over 40,000 members collectively. The Facebook group for Missouri's chapter of Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment currently numbers 1,172.

Any individual can volunteer to register a particular overpass with the organization, thereby becoming a "host" in that locale. Dane Ramsour is the host of the I-70 overpass in St. Charles where police broke up the group's protest on August 17, and he witnessed both Weed and Messemer's arrests. Ramsour says he and the other protesters saw eight police vehicles gather in a nearby lot around 2 p.m.

"We knew they were getting ready to move on us," he says.

"I'm just waking up and paying attention to what's going on with our government," Ramsour adds. "We're sick and tired of it."

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Update, Tuesday, August 27, 4:30 p.m.: Daily RFT heard back from a Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman regarding Messmer and Weed's arrest.

"They were not arrested for protesting. They were arrested for not moving their protest to a safe location," says St. Al Nothum, adding that troopers observed five accidents on the interstate near the overpass before moving in to break up the protest. Though he did not directly blame those accidents on the anti-Obama protesters on the overpass, Nothum did say that the protesters were "interacting with the people below on I-70," such as waving signs and trying to elicit honks, and that the accidents stopped after the arrests were made.

"It was a matter of public safety. I know people hear that and they're skeptical about that, but it is," he says.

Prosecutors are still weighing whether to go ahead with the filed charges against Weed (failing to obey) and Messmer (failing to obey and resisting arrest).

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dicksonanoverpass
dicksonanoverpass

What you "overpass protest" morons don't seem to realize is none of us, for the most part, disagree with your right to protest or your freedom of speech. We disagree with your *choice of location*.

I for one am confident that you're fucking idiots for thinking you're acting responsibly by parading your shenanigans over a busy interstate. Even if I agree with your message, you're still a dick for doing this above a busy interstate. I don't like Obama either. And I do fully support your right to free speech. And just to you know, I'm not petitioning for your rights to be taken away from you so calm down.

I'm merely commenting here to inform you that you really are a bunch of fucking assholes for doing this where you chose to do it. Go somewhere else if you really feel the need to protest.
 

Here's the key point you need to acknowledge: Billboards don't cause people to slow down and say "what the fuck are these people doing on this overpass?"

I wasn't stuck in traffic because of a billboard (nor was I stuck in traffic because of the festival of the little hills). I was stuck in traffic because you dumbasses were waving (upside down US) flags and being otherwise stupid above a busy interstate. I don't like stupid people enough as it is and now they're hanging out on overpasses of all places...

luvblueshockey
luvblueshockey

Let them protest. They're only making themselves look like fools. They probably believe the President is a Kenyan born Muslim. Nothing but a bunch of loser racists. 

stevepan1
stevepan1

@ssnich Don't forget nixonian. Missouri is a Nixonian Soviet police state

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

@Heather....talk to your political party about nominating someone with better morals. Good luck. Meanwhile none of those are impeachable offenses.

Jeana Weis Tovar
Jeana Weis Tovar

they have nothing better to do and no idea of how to do it

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell

I think the GOP are a bunch of crybabies. We survived 8 years of W. Bush. And you will survive 8 years of Obama. I liked the comment below suggesting that your time would be better spent working on putting up an electable candidate next election. If you hadn't put up the steaming pile of crap Romney, we wouldn't even be dealing with 4 more years of Obama.

bendeclue
bendeclue

@ssnich how long before borscht is the official food of Soviet Missouri?

Jay Love
Jay Love

The abuse of executive power not allowing a full investigation on holders crimes is an impeachable offense

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

look here comes a big semi, get ready...JUMP and rid us all of your extreme idiocy.

Erik Schlake
Erik Schlake

I recall when Bush sr. was President and came to town, and picketers were not allowed to protest in the overpasses, even if they were far outside the Presidents route. Nobody then cried that their rights were being taken away. It's considered illegal for everyone, regardless of your cause. You can't do something illegal, and then claim your rights are being violated, or you are somehow being persecuted.

Joni Hoscher
Joni Hoscher

Really?!?! In St. Charles?!?! Really?!?! Isn't that just a little cliche'?

Richard Peitz
Richard Peitz

It amazes me how many can debate their differences in opinion and facts by name calling. Intelligent debate changes minds, name calling and cussing each other, is nothing but childish. Prove your argument by stating solid true facts.

David Clarke
David Clarke

The Nobel Peace Prize is mostly rewarded to ENCOURAGE behavior, not reward it.

Heather Bangert
Heather Bangert

Carrying out a military intervention in Libya without Congressional approval is still a war measure and not worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize....Obama also gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton – just like Bush did.....has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any....broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay, but I guess there's still time to make that decision.....Obama supported Bush’s unconstitutional Patriot Act and has expanded it.....has increased the national debt more in one term than Bush did in two, and also agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without filing any charges.....the list goes on....

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Ordinance that prohibits hanging anything off of an overpass of a interstate is not unconstitutional. Moron.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

There are several Obama stickers on BMW's and Benz and Lexus. Land Rovers and Infinity. I am in Ladue/Clayton/Frontenac- many many Obama stickers on very expensive cars. To those who say they've never see one.... may live where there are not as many luxury cars.

Peter Jenkins
Peter Jenkins

All war criminals and this criminal system should be "impeached". Fuck all Dems and Repugs, but leave the horse they road in on alone you horse fucking toadies of the political/economic system.

Kenneth Crabtree
Kenneth Crabtree

Does not matter. If an ordinance or law is unconstitutional, it is not legal nor is it a true law/ordinance.

Shane Schultz
Shane Schultz

Leave the American Flag alone and just jump...

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

Run aways from facts?? You didn't list any of those! You simply regurgitated Fox Spews crap.

Liz Kaucher
Liz Kaucher

Have you ever seen any stickers on a bmw? You want to call people out for pulling a race card, yet you allude to obama supporters as all being poor? You are the other side of the same coin.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

The very serious threat of public safety is the problem. There are several places to demonstrate. Hanging over a major interstate overpass- is not only dangerous, but illegal according to ordinances. They pick overpasses, because of its fine line of danger. No one can impeach anyone without a true valid reason to do so. Just protest how much distain you have for the current administration. Using impeachment as your slogan is counter productive and makes them all look like wacked out lunatics. Really, it's idiotic. Politics mixed with prejudice and religious fanatics. That's all this is. Pathetic

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

Yes...because in the heat of things that was an unreasonable assumption seeing there had been protests over that video elsewhere in the mid-east and those protests had spread from one area to another. By the way...there's a reason red states have the highest concentration of obesity, diabetes and smoking, the lowest overall student achievement, the lowest rated schools and the highest infant mortality rate. And what idiot would put any bumper sticker on a Beemer?

David Clarke
David Clarke

St. Charles has laws heavily restricting electioneering, and ballot initiative petitioners, I don't think it is too much of a stretch to think they probably have an ordinance about this too.

Jay Vines
Jay Vines

Steve, do not confuse these retards with facts! Very embarrassing for them saying this is public!!

Sue Stepanek
Sue Stepanek

Obama has done nothing impeachable....republicans are just sore losers

Barney Rodawald
Barney Rodawald

Where are those WMD? Talk about impeach let's talk about War Crimes?

Darren K Mulford
Darren K Mulford

funny how you ignore the truth even when its right in front of your face.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

can you image the amount of liberals that make everything about race?

Kenneth Crabtree
Kenneth Crabtree

Danger to motorist, PLEASE. How retarded. They have a right to be there and protest. Something guaranteed in the Constitution, maybe some of you should read it. As far as "Your candidate lost the election" quote. Missourians did not vote him in, the retards who want free-bees from the Government on East and West coast did. Funny how you stick a carrot in front of some people and they will do anything. You know like vote a retard in as president....B|

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"Lied? First, there's no factual indication of that". jay...where were you when they blamed in on a youtube video?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"An "Obama worshiper" because I point out how wrong you assholes are??" no, you're an obama worshiper because you use "asshole" to describe someone that points out facts you run away from.

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

I think they should let them stay...it's free advertisement for the Dems and just gives us yet one more example of willful ignorance.

Fatty Hearst
Fatty Hearst

impeach everyone, and please, elect NO ONE.

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

Lied? First, there's no factual indication of that...in fact with all the wasted time trying in dozens of committee meetings and hearings the GOT came up with bibkahs!!BUT if lying is what you're talking about let's just say the words "weapons of mass destruction'.

nick.vanhelsing
nick.vanhelsing

Who are you working for? How much did you get for that post? Cause I want in. Did you have to fill out a résumé or something. How do I get in dude?

zrxmax
zrxmax

@Matthew Susick Well Matt...  we can get rid of Biden to.  The impeachment alone will send a strong message that patriotism is on the rise.  It is our civic responcibility to rid ourselves of tyrants whenever they appear.  If you were to study history this is a pattern throughout history.  It usually starts out with a good social contract and then some smooth talking sob gets his chance in the saddle and you end up here in a police state.  The good thing about the NSA is we finally have a government agency that actually listens.  ;-) 

zrxmax
zrxmax

@Kelle Deyne No Kelle...  its not all that dangerous or they wouldn't put sidewalks on bridges with ample room for pedestians.  Nice try though.  Maximizing exposure to the public with a strong message is considered freedom of speech.  Do you have a problem with freedom of speech ?  If so, I suggest you give up your citizenship and leave this country because many people have died for your freedom. 

watcher1
watcher1

@Barney Rodawald Sadams head of Airforce claimed that they were airlifted to Syria prior to the invasion, but that's stupid.  If that happened Syria would be using Nerve Gas and WMDs against their own citizens and that certainly isn't happening.

watcher1
watcher1

@Steve Mincer Then you aren't looking.

luvblueshockey
luvblueshockey

@zrxmax The sidewalks are for people crossing the overpass, not for fools demonstrating something stupid. 

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