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cat714
11-04-2008, 01:03 AM
Armed Man Waving Flag Shuts Down California Freeway

http://i.usatoday.net/news/_photos/2008/11/03/highwayx-large.jpg

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. A man in a ski mask waved an American flag and a handgun on a freeway overpass for about three hours Monday morning, forcing a massive traffic shutdown before he surrendered.

Police said crisis negotiators coaxed Edward Van Tassel, 28, to give up west of downtown Santa Barbara on Highway 101, a major route along the California coast. Traffic was jammed at least three miles in each direction.

After dropping his weapon, Van Tassel asked for a Barack Obama campaign sign, which authorities delivered to him using a bomb squad robot, police said. The man attached the sign and the flag to the overpass and later walked backward to officers, who took him into custody.

Full STory (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,446284,00.html)

marinejcksn
11-04-2008, 01:50 AM
Apparently he's an Army Veteran of the Iraq War, hopefully the guy gets whatever help he needs. Lucky he didn't end up getting shot over it.

movie buff
11-04-2008, 06:47 AM
If he was an Iraq veteran, that would spare us from inevitably asking what his DU name is. At least no one got hurt. I hope he gets the help he needs.

Sonnabend
11-04-2008, 07:05 AM
I'd also say the cops showed remarkable restraint. Kudos to them for sorting this peacefully..and no shots fired.

Dan D. Doty
11-04-2008, 07:09 AM
This may be the first drop of rain in a storm that is very much on its way.

Keep your powder dry. your sword sharp and your wits intact.

PoliCon
11-04-2008, 08:06 AM
be sure to mark where you are when the riots start.

jinxmchue
11-04-2008, 09:05 AM
I wonder if the idiot made sure to vote first.

expat-pattaya
11-04-2008, 09:32 AM
be sure to mark where you are when the riots start.

I have to go into Phoenix today. I WILL be armed all day.

PoliCon
11-04-2008, 10:07 AM
I have to go into Phoenix today. I WILL be armed all day. good idea.

BadCat
11-04-2008, 10:25 AM
I have to go into Phoenix today. I WILL be armed all day.


I am ALWAYS armed if I have to go into Phoenix.

Odysseus
11-04-2008, 02:21 PM
Armed Man Waving Flag Shuts Down California Freeway

http://i.usatoday.net/news/_photos/2008/11/03/highwayx-large.jpg

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. A man in a ski mask waved an American flag and a handgun on a freeway overpass for about three hours Monday morning, forcing a massive traffic shutdown before he surrendered.

Police said crisis negotiators coaxed Edward Van Tassel, 28, to give up west of downtown Santa Barbara on Highway 101, a major route along the California coast. Traffic was jammed at least three miles in each direction.

After dropping his weapon, Van Tassel asked for a Barack Obama campaign sign, which authorities delivered to him using a bomb squad robot, police said. The man attached the sign and the flag to the overpass and later walked backward to officers, who took him into custody.

Full STory (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,446284,00.html)
Note that the article doesn't mention that the flag was upside down, a distress warning, but also a common way that leftists display the flag when they want to make the point that they oppose some US policy. Also note that he was an Obama supporter, as per the sign that he put up on the overpass.

I wonder if the idiot made sure to vote first.
If not, they'll get a ballot to his jail cell.

americangirl
11-05-2008, 07:41 AM
Dan D. Doty - Keep your powder dry. your sword sharp and your wits intact.
Good one.