The early reports are sketchy. But apparently a mob of teabaggers began to riot after some were not able to get into a townhall meeting in Tampa.
“As the building filled to capacity, angry protesters stuck outside began to scream, yell, and chant,” reports local TV channel 10 in Tampa. “At one point, those trying to get inside began banging on windows as Tampa Police officers quickly spread out guarding all entrances.”
A reporter currently inside the venue says at least one fist fight has already broken out.
Late Update: The event was hosted by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL).
Later Update: We’re getting overlapping reports. The Tampa Tribune reports to instances of “shoving and scuffles.” It seems like at least one incident occurred in cases where teabaggers trying to force their way through the doors after event organizers manning the door were no longer letting more people in. Reports also suggest the teabag crowd was organized through Glenn Beck’s “9-12 Project.”
Still Later Update: Here’s a page from the Tampa912 group’s Meetup page. Discussions leading up to the event. Some whacked statements, all pretty far right, but mostly pretty garden variety, people getting charged up to hit the event and give their member of Congress an earful. Poke around. See what you find.
So Damn Late Update: Video from a local tv station after the jump …
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