Via Sharp Elbows. This isn't a SWAT team, actually, just local cops in riot gear, but it is the first time I've ever seen police in armor do a jaunty little parade down the street when responding to an event. I assure you, when the NYPD rolls up in helmets and shields, they're all business.
But then, maybe "teabaggers" as crazed as these needed a demonstration to show 'em who's boss.
The crowd carried signs with messages ranging from "Give Us Liberty Not Debt" to yellow flags saying "Don't Tread On Me."
Urged on by people with megaphones, the crowd shouted slogans, among them "Remember in November" and "You work for us."…
There were a few tense moments when the crowd moved west down York toward Third Street after the president's motorcade arrived. A Secret Service agent asked the crowd to move back across the street to the north side.
When the crowd didn't move and began singing "God Bless, America" and the national anthem, Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer called for members of the Mobile Field Force to walk up the street.