People march during a protest Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Philadelphia. Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) (AP)

GOP lawmaker threatens to run over protesters who block streets

Rep. Aaron Bernstine vowed he would "not stop under any conditions" if anyone blocks roads he's driving on

Charlie May
September 16, 2017 3:34PM (UTC)

After protesters poured into the streets in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday night in response to the acquittal of a former white police officer who fatally shot a black man in 2011, Pennsylvania state Rep. Aaron Bernstine tweeted that he would run over protesters with his car if they blocked any roads he was driving on.

"If anyone EVER tries to stop my car on a highway with negative intentions... I will not stop under any conditions," Bernstine tweeted with an article attached that reported protesters had shut down streets in St. Louis.



Of course, the news of an elected official tweeting about hitting protesters with a vehicle, especially in the wake of the recent murder of activist, Heather Heyer, in Charlottesville, is quite stunning.

In a tweet that followed hours later, he suggested that the protesters were "thugs" after a Pennsylvania progressive tweeted the phone numbers to his office and said his original tweet would be considered "murder." "Feel free to call my office and let me know if you think it is ok to refuse to stop if thugs try to stop me or my family on a highway," Bernstine wrote.  


On Friday former police officer, Jason Stockley, was found not guilty of the first-degree murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, and demonstrations immediately began outside of the courthouse and then into the streets, according to Reuters.

Protesters chanted, "no justice, no peace," and "Hey hey! Ho ho! These killer cops have got to go!"


Things eventually turned violent and police fired tear gas, as well as rubber bullets and some protesters broke windows, and threw bricks and water bottles at law enforcement, Reuters reported.

A total of eight officers were injured, according to the city's police department. At least 32 people were arrested, according to the Daily Beast.





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