Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nicole Sandler Arrested At Allen West Town Hall Meeting

April 28, 3011 - Update (with VIDEO)  from Nicole

CAUTION! If a congress-person doesn't like your question, they'll ask you to leave or have you arrested, jailed, and maced.

A "help board" was launched for the long-term unemployed (99ers) at It was created by the radio host Nicole Sandler who was arrested in a church for tresspassing. The church had been hosting a town hall meeting for Tea Party Republican congressman Allen West.

* A town hall meeting defined is a name given to an informal public meeting. Everybody in a town community is invited to attend, not always to voice their opinions, but to hear the responses from public figures and elected officials about shared subjects of interest. Attendees rarely voted on an issue or proposed an alternative to a situation. It is not used outside of this secular context. There are no specific rules or guidelines for holding a town hall meeting. If the turnout is large, and in a particular case the objective is to give as many people as possible an opportunity to speak, then the group can be broken down into smaller discussion groups. Each group in that case appoints someone to summarize discussion of their group.

From Crooks and Liars > > > Full video at the Daily Caller

I got the impression that just because she asked them for a name and badge number she pissed them off.

Radio personality and C&L friend Nicole Sandler attended Allen West's town hall today and was led away in handcuffs.

From Palm Beach Post:

Inside the meeting, West was less than a minute into his remarks tonight when two or three men began shouting from the audience.

"How about our Medicare that you're stealing?" shouted one.

"How about allowing questions from the audience?" shouted another man, apparently dissatisfied with West's decision to answer written questions submitted by audience members before the meeting.

At West's previous town halls, members of the public lined up to ask him questions in person, sometimes waiting 30 minutes or more to do so.

"What you have seen happen previously is you get such a line of people and a lot of folks want to come up and proseletyze for six or seven minutes and you're really not getting to the questions that people want to have answered," West said after the meeting.

West, who has gone back and forth with critics at his previous meetings, said the written format was not an effort to avoid tough questions.

"I don't duck," West said.

During the meeting, West had responded to a question about Medicare when Nicole Sandler of Coral Springs, a former radio host on the liberal Air America network, began shouting from the audience.

Other audience members began shouting at her and a police officer led her out.

"This is supposed to be a town hall meeting. That means back-and-forth," Sandler said as she exited.

Sandler argued with a Fort Lauderdale police officer in the lobby who told her to leave the building. After she yelled at the officer for placing his hand on her, she was arrested for "trespassing after warning" and led away in handcuffs.

Here's the video of her being ejected:

UPDATE: John Amato I just spoke to a source close to the situation and $25.00 was already posted for her bail. She's not out yet. Since the town hall was on private property, the police were allowed to arrest her on a trumped up charge. She was pushed by the cop to get out of the building while she was trying to leave. He arrested her for daring to ask a question from the audience. If it had been in a public building there would have been no grounds to ask her to leave. West only answered pre-approved questions. What a cowardly move by Rep. Allen West's people.

Karoli wonders... The "private property" Nicole was ejected from was Calvary Chapel's theater. Calvary Chapel is a tax-exempt organization. It seems to me that they should not be playing partisan politics, screening questions and supporting West's narrative without being accountable for that.


1 comment:

  1. Democracy has officially died! Republicans will break the laws, re-invent the Constitution and will lie to the American public until they steal our country away. USA will be called the United Corporate States of America.
    We have to get a spokesperson now, not tomorrow. 99ers need clout w/a celebrity. Help us!
    Connie Kaplan