Sacramento’s ABC News 10 reported on the union rally and Tea Party counter rally in Sacramento today. ABC’s online report makes cursory mention of an incident of union violence directed at Tea Party activist Rodney Stanhope: “Police cited one man for battery after he allegedly shoved a tea party supporter.”
I spoke to Stanhope, as he drove to the hospital for x-rays and treatment for the injuries sustained at the rally, and asked him what happened. Mr. Stanhope said that he was with a group of about 150 Tea Party activists across the street from the MoveOn.org-organized union rally. A union man with a bullhorn, Richard Andazola, 28, was yelling across the street at the Tea Party activists, calling them “fascists.”
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Then one of the Tea Party activists, also bullhorn equipped, replied, “We pay your salary!”
This enraged Andazola, who, according to Stanhope, rushed the Tea Partiers, chanting “Fascists go home! Fascists go home!” He violently shoved Stanhope twice, the second time apparently striking Stanhope in the throat:
Somehow in the melee, Stanhope’s hand was also injured
The union thug was later cited by law enforcement:
Notice the union protester’s Teamster jacket is clearly visible. The jacket identifies Teamsters Local 439, Stockton.
We will be posting more footage and further coverage once it becomes available.
Stay tuned for an in-depth write up from an eyewitness on the scene.
Editors’ note: As always, if you have any insight into this incident or can identify any of the participants, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.