Right-Wing Group Demands 'Justice' After Staged Union Episode


It seems Americans for Prosperity wants some more air time on Fox News for their staged and highly edited videos from the "right to work for less" protests in Lansing on Tuesday.

From a press release Thursday morning:

Grassroots activists, innocent bystanders, and coalition groups will gather on the south Capitol lawn today, Thursday, Dec. 13th, at 2:30 p.m., to denounce the endangerment, assault, and trampling on of their first amendment rights by union protestors. The group is demanding “justice” for the episode, which occurred on Tuesday around noon, in which union protestors tore down a tent even as people under the tent struggled to get out from underneath it.

“This goes beyond politics and even the issue of right-to-work,” said Scott Hagerstrom, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. “It wasn’t our tent; it was our first amendment rights that were trampled on by a mob of angry union protestors. We are calling on union leaders, Mayor Virg Bernero, and others to condemn this sort of violence and intimidation.”

The presser will feature compelling video footage of the event, and activists also hope to bring their tent back to the Capitol lawn for the news conference. Tarver will share his story.

No doubt some of the video footage (or all?) will be from the selectively edited video footage that was revealed by Fox News:


"Unfortunately for Mr. Crowder, a look at the video broadcast on the Sean Hannity show appears to show quite clearly that he left out an important section of the footage when he put together his edit. A section of the Fox News broadcast preserved by the Web site Mediaite shows that Mr. Hannity’s producers at Fox News started the clip five seconds earlier than Mr. Crowder did. What the extra footage reveals is the man who punched Mr. Crowder being knocked to the ground seconds before and then getting up and taking a swing at the comedian."

Or perhaps they will show some of the also highly edited videos that show hot dog vendor Clinton Tarver when "racist union goons" (As Michelle Malkin calls them.) allegedly tear down the right wing group's tent.

As MLive reports, Mr. Tarver was in the wrong place at the wrong time:

A fixture on the local food scene was in the wrong place at the wrong time Tuesday: under the Americans for Prosperity tent on the lawn of the state Capitol when it collapsed, allegedly at the hands of pro-union protesters.

Clinton Tarver operates a popular hot dog stand at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Capitol Avenue, across from the state Capitol, from March to November each year.

In the off-season, he takes on catering work.

Tarver was set up under the Americans for Prosperity tent, his wife, Linda Lee Tarver, said Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, he got caught up in the mayhem yesterday,” she said.Tarver had been hired by the conservative, anti-union group to cater in the tent the group set up.

When the tent came down, allegedly at the hands of pro-union protesters, Tarver and his catering equipment were caught inside.

His cart was not on-site, Linda said.

(Emphasis mine)

No charges have been filed in Mr. Tarver's case or in Crowder's case, according to Michigan State Police:

Meanwhile, community members have rallied to support Tarver, raising more than $10,000 to replace his equipment and offset losses.

Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk, whose agency policed Tuesday's massive demonstrations at and about the Capitol, said no formal complaint has been filed.

"Nobody has come to the State Police to file a complaint, whether it's the hot dog guy or whether it's the people who own the tent," he said. "We need someone to be a complainant, otherwise there's nothing we can do.

"The State Police would gladly take a report, but no one's come forward."

Adamczyk added a Fox News contributor who was punched by a protester also has not filed charges.

Some facts about Mr. Tarver, he happens to be a Republican who supported Mitt Romney, as noted in this article from Slate:

"Romney’s Saturday started off well. He was the star of the Ingham County Lincoln Day breakfast, an eggs-and-coffee-and-county-commissioner-placards affair in the dining room of a Lansing, Mich., country club. Before he spoke, Republicans heard “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by the Old School Fellas, a zoot-suited amateur doo-wop group. “Mitt’s a good, Christian man like I am,” explained Clinton Tarver, wearing the reddest of the zoot suits."

Tarver also happens to be married to the Michigan Republican Party’s Ethnic Caucus Vice-Chair.

All just a big coincidence, no doubt!


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