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Waugh supporter arrested outside Cantor event

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Here is an excerpt of my story on this incident outside a Louisa coffee shop from NBC12.com.

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) – It is getting ugly in Virginia’s 7th congressional district.

The campaigns are accusing each other of slimy tactics. The battle is getting so heated, one volunteer was forced into handcuffs by police.

It was supposed to be a friendly event where voters could meet Congressman Eric Cantor at a coffee shop in Louisa. It ended with a supporter of the congressman’s opponent being handcuffed and arrested.

Jon Taylor, a member of the Louisa Democratic Committee and a supporter of Rick Waugh refused to leave the private event. The owner of the shop then got police involved.

Louisa Town Police and the County Sheriffs struggled with Taylor for several minutes. The tangle required three officers before he was finally subdued. The fracas was captured on cell phone video by Taylor’s son Bradley.

He claims the sheriffs and local police we’re out to get him before he said a word.

“The Louisa county police department was basically used by Eric Cantor’s campaign to make a political statement,” said Taylor.

A charge the sheriff’s department strongly denies. Department officials say two other people were asked to leave and did so without having to be restrained.

Read the full story on NBC12.com.

The raw video, captured by Bradley Taylor, the son of the man being arrested, Jon Taylor can be seen below:


Written by Ryan Nobles

October 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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  1. Most Virginians do not know that if a corporation or proprietor of a business calls the police to their establishment to remove someone who is deemed to be unwelcome, that when the police arrive, they are acting as agents on behalf of the business owner, and not neutral defenders of the citizen’s civil liberties.

    This is an error in our Code, that has been wrong from its inception.

    While the owner of a property does have the legal right to ban someone from the premises, our police officials must be charged with protecting the rights of citizens, at all times.

    In this particular case, it is ridiculous for a Waugh supporter to be obnoxious and refuse to leave an event where he has been told that a private party is underway.

    Waugh doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning, anyway, so exhibiting rude and obnoxious behavior is all the more silly.

    A far better approach would be for our Democrats to use such campaigns to raise real issues and propose real solutions that are not typically discussed in the big money campaigns.

    This would have been a good path for the Waugh campaign to take, but instead we got a guy dressed in a chicken suit.

    Virginians deserve better. Next time let’s have a serious presentation of Democratic solutions, regardless of whether the campaign is deemed competitive, or not.

    J. Tyler Ballance

    October 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

    • Had Mr. Taylor and his son behaved like they were NOT there to cause problems there would not have been problems. Mr. Taylor WAS loud and disruptive, seated at the table closest to where Mr. Cantor would speak, his wife and a young child were seated with him. He loudly refused to leave when asked by the owner. He furhter gave the police a problem both inside, then outside, giving the police no choice but to place him under arrest. To make matters much worse, he resisted arrest, all while shouting “do you have the camera rolling”, and something about “you hurt my f***ing arm”. This is no way to behave anytime, especially while accompanied by a young child. What must the child be thinking about all this? How embarassing to be associated with these people.

      Rick Waugh Supporter

      October 30, 2010 at 1:10 am

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