#1 Obama Supporter Shuts Down Major California Freeway11-04-2008, 02:03 AM
Armed Man Waving Flag Shuts Down California Freeway
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.
11-04-2008, 02:50 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."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
11-04-2008, 07:47 AM
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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.
SonnabendGuest11-04-2008, 08:05 AM
I'd also say the cops showed remarkable restraint. Kudos to them for sorting this peacefully..and no shots fired.
11-04-2008, 08:09 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.CU's Paranormal Expert.
Keep your powder dry, your sword sharp and your wits intact.
11-04-2008, 09:06 AM
be sure to mark where you are when the riots start.Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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