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Quincy Tea Party Protest Draws Police In Riot Gear During Obama Speech (VIDEO)

First Posted: 06/28/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:20 PM ET

Quincy Tea Party Protest

Tea Party protesters in Quincy, Illinois who did not follow a Secret Service agent's orders were met with an group of police officers dressed in riot gear Wednesday, according to a local newspaper report.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reported that the tense moment happened when protesters, who were marching toward the location where President Obama was speaking, did not obey a Secret Service agent's orders to move to the other side of the street:

When the crowd didn't move and began singing "God Bless, America" and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.

The officers, mainly from Metro East departments near St. Louis and dressed in full body armor, marched from the east and stood on the south side of York facing the protesters.

There was no physical contact, and the officers did not come close to the crowd, but there were catcalls and more than a few upset tea party members, including a woman who shouted, "This is communism!"

Quincy Deputy Police Chief Curt Kelty told the Herald-Whig that "We were just trying to move them back, they complied, and it was fine."

According to the newspaper, protest organizer Steve McQueen helped police in asking protesters to move across the street.

Separate videos of the situation show protesters grumbling and taunting the police.

The first video, posted to local NBC affiliate WGEM's web site, captured audio of some of the protesters' pointed remarks, with one woman repeatedly referring to President Obama as "the anointed one," and a male protester wondering why riot police aren't used to quell "rioting" illegal immigrants.

A reporter for WGEM, a local NBC affiliate, described the protest as "rowdy." But conservative blogger Michelle Malkin disagreed and mocked the strength of the police response.

President Obama visited Quincy to deliver a speech about financial reform.

WATCH: Viewer-submitted video of the confrontation from WGEM

WATCH: Video posted to YouTube


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