SEIU Beating: Kenneth Gladney Attacked By 'Thugs' at Tea Party
Police in St. Louis arrested six people after a town hall meeting held by Rep. Russ Carnahan. Two people were arrested on suspicion of assault, one for resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing a peace disturbance by way of interference.
The tension outside the town hall meeting stemmed from the national debate on health care. The confrontation turned physical as Kenneth Gladney got into a heated argument with a group some describe as "union thugs."
Kenneth Gladney, 38, an activist from St. Louis who believes in a no-tax stance, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with "Don't tread on me" printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room on Thursday night at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was awaiting treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face.
"It just seems there's no freedom of speech without being attacked," Gladney said. On Friday, he said he had been hired by the Tea Party folks to hand out the flags and added: "I was attacked for something I believe in."