Defiance to oppressive governmental overreach was the sentiment today on the 5th street overpass in St. Charles, Missouri. Grassroots activists and Tea Party members from the region gathered on the overpass, this morning, to protest the unlawful arrest of Duane Weed and Marc Messmer. The two were arrested, by the Missouri Highway Patrol, for failing to comply with a request to vacate the area, and resisting arrest. Controversy arose, last week, when it was learned that Messmer and Weed subsequently spent 24 hours in the St. Charles County jail, with no charges being filed against them. They also state that they were not read their Miranda Rights.
The incident caused an up-roar within the Grassroots and Tea Party community as the story went viral on the blogosphere. Nationally recognized blogs like “The Blaze,” The Gateway Pundit,” and “Infowars” picked up the story.
A YouTube video of the event was posted last week and has received almost 300,000 views. While Messmer and Weed questioned the officers regarding violations of the law, they clearly did not resist arrest, thus sparking the controversy.
Today, patriots from the area gathered on the overpass, again, to exercise their right to gather in a public place and freedom of speech. Crowds carried anti-Obama signs and American and gadsden flags and received signs of support from drivers on overpass and the highway below.
Messmer and Weed are determined to defend their rights and are considering filing a civil rights violation lawsuit. A website, “Two Patriots Legal Fund,” was set up to raise funds for their legal fees.