The following videos show SWAT team and riot police deployments to Tea Party demonstrations in Quincy, Illinois. The Tea Parties were protesting outside of a building where President Obama was delivering a speech.
According to The Dana Show, local police were reluctant to deploy a massive police force but were overruled by Secret Service:
Who gave the order to call in the riot police on protesters? Word is that Secret Service from inside the venue and the presidential team pressured local law enforcement, who were against the idea. Local cops were overruled, Iâ€™m told by various sources, including a few members of local press. Moore reported that she overheard Secret Service telling the riot squad to “push them back, out of sight.”
No word on whether the President will request riot police and SWAT teams at Illegal Immigration protests scheduled to be held around the country May 1. If the actions displayed by protestersÂ in Arizona recently are any guide, we’d certainly recommend a strong police presence.
Hat tip Willie Wonka and the Tea Party Patriots organization
Videos from Quincy: