Colo. Cops Tackle Palin Protesters

Motorcade almost flattens officer
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2008 1:12 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police dragged away a group of protesters who were attempting to block Sarah Palin’s motorcade today in Colorado, and tackled at least two of them, CNN reports. A group of eight to 10 protesters broke from a larger group to stand in front of Palin’s car, holding up a large banner. Officers hauled them out of the way, forcing at least two to the ground; one officer was nearly run over.

Police believe they saved the protesters’ lives by stepping in. “The motorcade likely would not have stopped,” said Grand Junction’s acting police chief. “We don’t know what their intentions were.” He said investigators were reviewing tapes of the incident as part of an “active criminal investigation.”