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Jackass In Fancy Car Mows Into Oakland Protesters (VIDEO)

Here is the cell phone video of some vicious asshole driving self-importantly in his Mercedes through the protester crowd in Oakland last night until one male protester stops in front of the car and then pounds on the hood a few times. HEY HEY. Do not molest the rich man’s expensive penis car!!! So, insanely, the driver decides to hit the fucking gas, the protester, and another lady in the march. And yet! Want to know the actual worst part?

BWAHAHAHAHA the cops did not arrest this sociopath. Hooray for tiered justice systems! Oakland police certainly managed to arrest plenty of other people last night, but nope, not this young white guy in his Mercedes who tried to flee the scene until protesters blocked his vehicle.

From the SF Chronicle:

The driver, who was not identified, sat in his silver Mercedes-Benz sedan after the 7:30 p.m. incident while hundreds of people screamed at him through his closed windows.

BART police officers who were guarding nearby transit stations responded, questioned the driver and several witnesses, then let the driver leave the scene at 11th Street and Broadway in his car.

The two people who were hit, a man and a woman, suffered leg and ankle injuries that were not life-threatening, said BART Police Deputy Chief Daniel Hartwig. They were taken to Highland Hospital.

As the driver left, many in the crowd yelled at him and at police, saying he should have stayed at the scene or been arrested.

Jesus Christ. Anyway, the rest of the strike was largely peaceful and empowering and the Chronicle estimated there were about 7,000 people. Here’s a fun AP video of the daytime strike festivities with all the teachers and grannies and tuba players, the true heroes of this story.

[SFGate/YouTube/AP]

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  • bureaucrap

    prick in mercedes is a f*&%in prick. As the old joke goes, whats the difference between a porsche (in this case a mercedes) and a porcupine?

    A porcupine has pricks on the outside.

    • http://www.storycorner.us/ JustPixelz

      A prick in Mercede Johnston is not news.

      • memzilla

        She drives a 2011 Mercedes Benz Ober.

        • Fare la Volpe

          As her Levi hugs her ass…

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I've only ever heard that about BMWs, but in my experience you could insert "Hummer" or "Jeep CJ" too (what the hell is with those CJ drivers?)

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Around my neck of the woods, only girls drive CJs. The manly men all have 4WD lifted Rams or F-250s to make up for their personal deficiencies.

        • BaldarTFlagass

          There's plenty of that down here too, but there's a lot of CJs with 4-inch lifts and 33" monster mudders that the drivers seem to think they're driving Mini Cooper S types or something, zipping in and around in rush hour traffic like assholes, "what are all you fucks doing on my highway" kinda shit.

        • An_Outhouse

          I drive a 15 year old honda civic. Does this mean I'm hung like a horse?

          • Lascauxcaveman

            Well, I just sold my 21-year-old Camry (Farewell, Auntie Camry, you classy grey dame) but haven't noticed any loss of size since moving up to an 18-year-old Subaru wagon.

            I have been having more lesbian-sex-scene fantasies, however.

          • SorosBot

            I don't have a car, so I think that makes my penis infinitely large.

          • Unfairman

            I am also carless. I ride my bike a lot, which means that while I have an infinitely large penis, my Gibraltar-sized balls are most often chafed.

        • Dashboard_Jesus

          is it true that when shopping for on o' them 'manly' trucks they gotta measure yer penis first, to make sure it's under the 2" maximum? (or so *someone* told me)

      • Fare la Volpe

        My old man drives a Beemer we inherited from my grandfather; and ever since, he has slowly been morphing into the crotchetiest old fart on the planet. I think it's the leather interior what does it.

      • LeAlbatross

        Thank goodness I have a TJ…we drive like normal people…in Jeeps…

  • memzilla

    OWS needz moar drones.

  • nounverb911

    Needs more sugar in the gas tank.

    • DaRooster

      Needs more rice in the radiator…

      • tessiee

        Needs more Reginald Denny.

    • 102415

      Needs a sharp umbrella to the paint job.

    • emmelemm

      Banana in the tailpipe?

    • Negropolis

      Needs moar overnight bologna left on the hood.

    • Dashboard_Jesus

      my guess is somebody got the douchebags license # and from there it's pretty easy to get the driver's address, or so I've been told (jus' sayin')

  • nounverb911

    Needs more ice picks in the tires.

    • DaRooster

      Needs more Drano on the hood in the rain…

    • Fare la Volpe

      Nah, aim for the eyes. The message sinks in faster.

    • deelzebub

      As I have said many times before, you never want to vandalize a car with a knife, on the off chance that you get caught you can be accused of carrying and concealing a deadly weapon. You take pliers and rip out the valve stems.

      • finallyhappy

        Thanks for that suggestion! I think that the school scissors(rounded edges, plastic handle, safe for first graders) I carry for my corcheting probably couldn't do anything to a tire- although at the Postal Museum- they were confiscated. The guard did hold them until I left.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Needs less douchebag in the driver's seat.

  • meatlofer

    A Mercedes? It.' s a fucking Nazi!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Didn't anyone have a fucking brick? Ok, that's not nice. A paint balloon would have sufficed.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      To tell the truth, I'm kinda glad the prostesters did the right thing: hold the dickhead until the cops got his ID. Reportedly, the driver and his lady friend switched seats before the police arrived, but the crowd let the cops know. Suggests that the dickhead had a suspended license, and/or was DWI. (Driving while an imbecile.)

      • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

        That's classy, let your lady friend take the rap for attempted vehicular manslaughter!

        • berkeleyfarm

          Yep, a real catch there!

      • Negropolis

        What a fucking coward. Nice way to sell your girl out like that.

    • GFPcat

      An old spark plug and a wrist rocket would have gotten a message across.

  • http://ifthethunderdontgetya.blogspot.com/ ifthethunderdontgetya
  • HedonismBot

    Teachers, grannies and tuba players are my true heroes. Tubas are funny, because sometimes they sound like a fart!

    • DaRooster

      Same with grannies…

      • Fare la Volpe

        They do more than sound like 'em…

        • DaRooster

          Depends…

    • Limeylizzie

      Then you'll love me.

      • Guppy

        Are you a grandmotherly music teacher?

        • Fare la Volpe

          I hope she doesn't mean she eats lots of beans…

        • Limeylizzie

          No, just a farter of some note.

          • HogeyeGrex

            Gb? C#?

          • flamingpdog

            You never pull any punches, either. Does that make you a frank farter?

          • Limeylizzie

            OK you win, we can all go home now.

          • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

            Thanks for clearing the air.

          • Limeylizzie

            Thanks, it was a gas.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    "Hey! I'm drivin' here! I'm drivin' here!"

    • Golfing_OJ

      "Who were dey? Who were dey? Moe and Joe, I dunno, Moe and Joe Black!"

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    So if I happen to run you down
    Please don't leave a scratch
    !

    Wonder where bitchin'camaro's been anyway?

    • 102415

      I miss him too.

    • poncho_pilot

      Tony Orlando and Dawn.

      • mrpuma2u

        I ran over some dirty hippies at the protest fair,
        but i didn't get arrested, 'cuz i know the mayor

  • Barb

    That must be the new Mercedes model, the 1% NoClass.

    • comrad_darkness

      I continue to be impressed by your deft wielding of a broad range of cultural knowledge, Barb. Just have to say that.

      • Barb

        Awww, thanks!

  • Studebaker Hawk

    In fairness, this brave job creator did create some work for Highland Hospital.

  • Lucidamente1

    Well, it was George Wallace who said "I tell you when November [1968] comes, the first time [protesters] lie down in front of my limousine it'll be the last one they ever lay down in front of; their day is over!"

    • DoktorThompson

      And things turned out swell for that guy.

  • nounverb911

    Needs more bananas in the tail pipe.

    • HarryButtle

      LOOK, MAN, I AINT FALLIN FOR NO BANANA IN MY TAILPIPE!

    • comrad_darkness

      Didn't mythbusters bust this myth?

    • emmelemm

      SHIT! That's what I get for commenting on old threads w/o reading all the comments.

  • Come here a minute

    Leave this angry driver alone — it's hard work increasing the income gap!

  • RadioOcupados

    This from Föx News: The car was overwhelmingly white.

  • veritass

    The visible car of the market at work.

  • prommie

    They were in a hurry to get home; the driver suffers from rheumatism, and the only relief he can get is by resting his feet on the warm belly of one of his slave boys.

    • GFPcat

      "Jeeves…use the special chamois on the Benz tonight…I believe I hit a bug on the way home."

  • LesBontemps

    But is the car okay?????

  • SexySmurf

    Top story over at Fuck Snooze: "Filthy commies vandalize job creator's car with their femurs."

  • fletc3her

    Occupy his house.

    • mrpuma2u

      win. You got a line on where Herr benzfuhrer lives?

  • YouBetcha

    Can someone please find a way to help these guys to compensate for their pencil-thin dicks with something other than an SUV or a gun? Maybe someone can turn them on to gardening.

    • CommieLibunatic

      Phallic towers in Minecraft are easy and fun!

      …n-not that I would know anything about that, of course. I heard it from a friend!

    • angryhaiku

      We don't want them gardening, ruining our state fairs with competitions over who can grow the biggest zucchini.

      • DetectiveGrey

        But it'll be some nice, kinky relief for their trophy wives when they do!

  • Eat The 1%

    You know who else drove Mercedes haughtily thru crowds?

    • YouBetcha

      Jesus?

      • DaRooster

        That was a Brontocedes.

    • nounverb911

      Lindsey Lohan?

    • SexySmurf

      Princess Di? And she should have slowed down, too.

      • RadioOcupados

        And wore her seat belt, obvsly.

    • http://ifthethunderdontgetya.blogspot.com/ ifthethunderdontgetya

      Gandhi!

      kidding.

      HITLER!
      ~

    • Beowoof

      Pat Buchanan. When he was running for president he took his Mercedes over to an autowoker rally.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Karl Benz? No, I meant Bertha Benz.

      Looked damn good doing it, too.

    • SheriffRoscoe

      Bob Novak?

    • CarnyTrash

      The Pope?

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Levis?

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Dr. Ferdinand Porsche?

    • GOPCrusher

      Barney Oldfield?

    • Generation[redacted]

      Lizzie Grubman, while shouting "Fuck you, white trash!"

    • not that Dewey

      I once received a birthday card showing this photo and the caption "Hitler and Mussolini had a lot to smile about, in 1940."

      EDIT: But that's not my answer. I would never answer "Hitler" to one of these things. My answer is … Alfonso XII?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Sherman McCoy.

      • Ramon X

        Grandpa McCoy.

        • Generation[redacted]

          The Real McCoys!

          • DaRooster

            Colt McCoy.

          • BaldarTFlagass

            Colt Seavers

          • Lascauxcaveman

            Colt .45

          • BaldarTFlagass

            Billy Dee Williams?

          • DaRooster

            Serena Williams

          • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

            Tennessee Williams?

          • comrad_darkness

            Williams the Conqueror?

          • BaldarTFlagass

            The Conqueror Worm?

          • DaRooster

            Dean Wormer

          • BaldarTFlagass

            James Dean?

          • PhilippePetain

            James Dean Bradfield?

          • RadioOcupados

            King James?

          • TJBeck

            B.B. King?

          • Lascauxcaveman

            BBC? (dig it, dig it.)

          • RadioOcupados

            Don Beebe?

          • shiningmathpath

            Don Cornelius?

          • Negropolis

            Cornelius Vanderbilt?

          • shiningmathpath

            Pandora Vanderpump?

          • RadioOcupados

            Pandora Radio?

          • shiningmathpath

            Mandora The Evil Chaser?

          • DaRooster

            Evil Knievel

          • shiningmathpath

            Evil In-Car-Nut!

          • Eat The 1%

            Bo Weevil?

    • HarryButtle

      David Carradine?

    • MissTaken

      Not Janis Joplin

    • CapnFatback

      Mr. Ruehl?

    • flamingpdog

      Kate Beckinsdale?

      Oh, my bad, I thought you said hottiely

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Zee Germans?

  • Callyson

    Officers gathered information from the driver and witnesses, and now the Oakland Police Department will handle the investigation, Hartwig said.
    "It was a pretty volatile situation," he said. "There is no arrest at this time, but that doesn't mean there won't be if there's a need for an arrest."
    Oh, that's reassuring. So glad to hear the cops are on top of things.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Vehicular assault, on video?
      The douche definitely will have some splainin' to do. I bet he's already out a lawyer's retainer fee, with more to come.

    • GFPcat

      Yes, they may determine later that the protesters committed a felony by leaving a dimple in the guys hood.

  • widestanceshakedown

    I hope the driver enjoyed hot-boxing soiled pants all the way home. Hell, he probably blasted lasting memories for months to come.

    Bummer about that resale value. Not.

    • Fare la Volpe

      It's so hard to get corpse dents out of your hood.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Hit two pedestrians? And only sent them to the hospital? David Carradine sneers in disgust from his grave.

    8 on the obscurometer.

    • http://ifthethunderdontgetya.blogspot.com/ ifthethunderdontgetya
    • GOPCrusher

      I'm more of a Machine Gun Joe Viterbo fan.

    • HarryButtle

      D'oh! (see my reply above to RadioOcupados) You beat me by 20 minutes.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        That's okay, I upfisted you anyway.

    • OccupytheDashboard

      Grasshopper…if you can take this sparkplug from my hand, it will be time for you to race.

    • OccupytheDashboard

      I'm not ashamed of my enjoyment of the game Carmageddon.

  • http://www.storycorner.us/ JustPixelz

    Driving While Rich is kinda like the opposite of Driving While Black.

    They let him go so he could create some more sweet, sweet jerbs.

    A non-life-threatening injury is no big deal. Unless you don't have health insurance. Then it is a bankruptcy situation:
    – ambulance to hospital : $300
    – ER treatment for injured ankle : $2000
    – rehabilitation therapy : $5000
    – getting hit by a Mercedes : priceless

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      $300? That's a pretty low-rent ambulance, even for Oakland.

      I hope they rack up the expenses, then sue the jackass. With a video of his brilliant maneuver, he's got no defense … and his auto policy probably doesn't cover deliberate assaults like this. Even if his insurance does pick up the tab, his premiums will skyrocket, so it's all good.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        "Sniff… insurance? That's for poor people. I'll just write a check…"

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          If he's driving uninsured, things get even more interesting for him. Cops LOVE that shit, no matter who the driver is.

          • BaldarTFlagass

            Meh, it's still only a 2 or 3 hundred dollar fine if you get a ticket for no insurance, at least here in TX.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Leave it to Texas to make getting fined cheaper than getting insurance. Freedumb!

            The fine is about $800 in CA, and they pull your registration.

          • HistoriCat

            Who said anything about registration? No one cares about that shit in TX.

          • BaldarTFlagass

            And I know people who have driven for 2 or 3 years with an expired vehicle safety inspection sticker here.

      • tessiee

        "With a video of his brilliant maneuver, he's got no defense"

        Yeah, that's what Rodney King thought, too.

    • SorosBot

      It's OK, in this situation the driver's insurance is responsible for the treatment, and the victims should be reimbursed quickly, in about a decade or so.

    • mrpuma2u

      Don't forget the useless MRI they make you get to cover their ass: $1100 if they are cheap

  • SheriffRoscoe

    Needs more …. this.

    • comrad_darkness

      Hm, I'm thinking that pic needs to be my xmas card for this year.

      Captioned: Remember this season that Xtianity is a religion of the poor and downtrodden.

  • MMathS

    This is why God invented torts.

    • DahBoner

      "They just thought their constitutional right to free assembly overruled local rules."

    • berkeleyfarm

      We gotta lotta lawyers around here! Day-umn, that guy had to be high if he thought he was driving out of that section of downtown any time soon last night.

  • OC_Surf_Serf_#OLA

    Lizzie and Barb…if I send you some suppliers can you please knit some hats and jackets from Kevlar for Occupy Oakland???

    • Barb

      LOL! I am almost done with the first scarf. I'll take a picture of it when I am done.

  • SayItWithWookies

    If someone hit a dog in the street they could be arrested — what the hell is this? Oh, BART cops and a white guy — nevermind, move along.

  • Beowoof

    Herr Driver really doesn't like those who want to take away the money he stole fair and square.

  • owhatever

    You expect the Oakland policers to respond to an actual crime? They questioned the driver, didn't they?

    Cop: Hot car, dude. Think the Raiders can beat the Broncos on Sunday?
    Driver: They'll stomp that puss Tebow's ass.
    Cop: You have a good day, sir.
    Driver: You, too. Kick some hippie in the balls for us 1 percenters.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Dude in the Mercedes failed epically, this is what he was shooting for: http://www.tow.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2

  • Occupy V572

    Given the choice between protecting property and people, the cops always go for the former.

    • SheriffRoscoe

      And that goes quadruple for property and animals. Don't even get me started on my dog locked in a hot car so I dialed 9-1-1 story.

      • Occupy V572

        In 1990 in Ladue MO (a ritzy St Louis suburb near where I then lived), I was almost run over in a snowy parking lot by a guy in a Mustang. As his car passed inches from me I smacked my hand on the C-pillar and went into the store. The driver stopped, got out and yelled at me and I ignored him. When I came out of the store he was waiting for me with a cop, who took me to task for my awful crime. I said, “He practically ran me over,” and the cop said, “You don’t ever attack property” with a fierce gleam in his eye.

        • 102415

          In NYC, a long time ago, an asshole put his foot on the gas and moved into the cross walk where I walking and I brought my umbrella handle down hard on his hood and the cops in the car behind me laughed. It was only an old Caddie though and it was a long time ago.

          • tessiee

            "In NYC, a long time ago, an asshole put his foot on the gas and moved into the cross walk where I walking and I brought my umbrella handle down hard on his hood"

            Please, oh, please tell me you yelled, "I'M WALKIN' HERE! I'M WALKIN' HERE!"

          • 102415

            Oh, no! that would have been rude ;) And I don't have the acting chops for that one.

        • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

          Wrong neighborhood V. Here in C'Addle's beloved Central District, I was on the corner getting ready to cross Union at a painted crosswalk with cars in both directions slowing stopped. A lady in a Lexus runs up behind the car in the lane closest to my curb and passes her on the right running up on the curb bulb where my poor olde ass was waitin'. I jumped back and as she passed (half her frickin' car on the sidewalk, I kicked leaving a sizable crease in her right front door. She kept on driving, the person who was stopped gave me a thumbs up. No way in hell was Lexus Lady gonna stop in that neighborhood. Too many browns.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Heh – I did the same to a car blowing through a stop sign in NYC. Guy stopped, then thought better of it and drove off, with a lot of hoots and raised fingers in his rear-view mirror. Made my month, that did.

  • Wilcoxyz

    If there's no police report, how will this job creator know who to sue for damages to his vehicle and emotional distress? C'mon, cops! There's property and punitive damages involved here.

  • GOPCrusher

    So, why did George Bush flee from the Goldman Sachs meeting that he was attending last night, when the Occupy Wall Street protesters were heading there to make a citizen's arrest for war crimes?

    • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

      To get to the other side?

  • Poindexter718

    I bet it was driven by Sherman McCoy!

    • Blueb4sunrise

      dern you.

    • GOPCrusher

      Laura Bush got her license back.

    • JackDempsey1

      Nah—
      in the book, Sherman was haunted by the possibility of being pursued by the police and arrested.
      Times have changed.

  • Antispandex

    Needs more "Tale Of Two Cities", but as I remember it the rich customarily tossed money at the poors.

  • Blueb4sunrise

    This was only a scene from the remake of Bonfire of the Vanities

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    Probably Tracy Chapman.

    • PhilippePetain

      Well, in all fairness, if it was she may have just turned on back around.

  • DaRooster

    "Hooray for tiered tired justice systems!"

    #fixed

  • chicken_thief

    Meh. That looked like the el cheapo C Class coupe. I'm not impressed.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Yeah, it's not like he was driving a CL65 M275 6.0L V12 BiTurbo AMG or something. He wouldn't have been risking a scratch on the paint on that.

  • DahBoner

    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet…

    • El Pinche

      I thought it was "..faster than my wallet" all this time.

    • finallyhappy

      I can never hear the words- I thought it said "Foam duck heads"- yes, I am an idiot.

  • http://wonkette.com WordSaladNation

    It's a good thing I drive an Audi.

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Rep Joe Barton (R-Texaco) is apologizing to the driver.

  • GorzoTheMighty

    Was it Mel Gibson? He yelled fucking n*****s so the cops let him go.

  • aklibtard

    I'd fucking gas it too if an angry mob of peaceniks descended on my sweet, sweet, ride. They're lucky he didn't have the South African model. Those mofos equip their cars with flame throwers to get away from poor people.

  • user-of-owls

    Jackass? Well, aren't we being Miss Manners here Kirsten. Someone who was less discreet might have called him, oh, I don't know, maybe MOTHERFUCKING ASSHOLE CUNT.

    Or something like that.

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    You fucking hippies scratched my Mercedes!

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    Foot presses accelerator, car takes off. You can't explain it.

  • IncenseDebate

    Probably blasting Kraftwerk or Wagner on the stereo.

    • TitsOccupado

      Wherein the driver confused the Occupiers with wabbits?
      ♪♫Kill the wabbit,
      kill the wabbit,
      kill the WABbit…
      ♪♫

    • Dok-cupy Everything

      But more truly deserving of Warm Leatherette.

      • poncho_pilot

        you just want him to get impaled on the parking brake. can't say i blame you.

    • poncho_pilot

      Farhn, fahrn, fahrn auf der Autobahn.

  • GregComlish

    Fortunately you don't need to have criminal charges pressed against somebody to file a lawsuit, which should be a slam dunk given the clear video evidence. Somebody needs to get his Mercedes repo'ed. The cops might not put the asshole behind bars, but the plaintiffs should be able to get a huge settlement.

  • carlgt1

    the worst part is all the "brave" dittoheads posting on youtube that they would run the protestors over if they "dared" block their private property Mercedes….

  • Guppy

    I'm sure I'm about to make all sorts of friends here, but… I'm going to side with the driver on this one. If you look in the background, you can see he had a green light and the right-of-way. It didn't turn red until after the car stopped.

    There was no sign that the herd mentality was going to let up and let cars through the intersection at all, so the driver tried to take an apparent opportunity. Then came the pedestrian road rage, and I can believe the driver felt like he was surrounded by angry people already before he hit the gas pedal.

    And driving a Mercedes does not automatically make one a complete douche. Used to know a left-leaning lesbian who drove one.

    EDIT: And some more observations. The pedestrian clearly taunted the driver at :02, even before the car got up to him, and if you watch the front wheels you can see the driver did try to go around him, but the pedestrian just got in front of him deliberately.

    Why was the camera following the Mercedes to begin with, and why is there no audio?

    • http://oliphantparts.org/ natoslug

      Running someone over with a car is still assault with a deadly weapon, regardless of the taunting. Yeah, it might have been a dickhead move on the part of the pedestrian, but that doesn't change the law. If it did, I would've just run over 93% of the population of N. Idaho rather than moving out.

    • Nesnora

      What if he was toting a shotgun and shooting into the crowd? His car can do much more damage than that, and he USED it.

      Losing your temper and attempting to murder people because they annoyed you or dented your car is insane, and there is no justification for that in civilized society.

      Also a green light does not mean you have the right of way to intentionally run over and kill/maim people, derp sorry.

      He was using his car as a deadly weapon, with intent to maim/kill. If you can justify this with arguments that he had complete legal rights to execute these protesters specifically, using his car as the weapon, I'd like to hear that. "traffic laws lol" and "he was annoyed ok" is just not working.

      • prommie

        Blocking my ability to leave is kidnapping.

        • GregComlish

          That's why every time there's a traffic jam you can legally open fire.

          • Negropolis

            LOL!

      • Guppy

        1.) The driver did try to get around the guy first (i.e. tried to avoid the confrontation to begin with).

        2.) The pedestrian was beating on the guy's hood, shouting who-knows-what.

        3.) The car was already in the middle of a crowd that was likely hostile to people who happen to drive a Mercedes (look at some of the other comments here for examples of such a prejudice).

        4.) The camera was already following the car, meaning the person holding the camera already expected something noteworthy to happen involving the car (see #3).

        Yes, a car is a deadly weapon, but there are times when you're legally allowed to use a deadly weapon, like when you reasonably feel your own life is in danger.

        • Nesnora

          1.) Justification for killing people because of annoyance.

          2.) Justification for killing people because of annoyance.

          3.) Justification for killing people because of annoyance.

          4.) Justification for killing people because of annoyance.

          His life wasn't in danger, proven by the fact no one smashed in his windows AFTER he ran people over, threw shit at him or took a tire iron to his vehicle. He drove away.

          • Guppy

            So now the driver is expected to be able to see into the future? To be omniscient about the thoughts and feelings of each of the dozens of people around him?

            There was no way for the driver to know that the guy beating on his hood was the only one who wanted to get violent with him, and the standard for acting in self-defense is a reasonable belief of being threatened.

          • Nesnora

            So you're arguing that this was a reasonable act of self-defense? Just checking before I reply.

          • Guppy

            Yes. The pedestrian was looking for a confrontation of some sort, in spite of the driver trying to avoid it. We don't know what was shouted, but "Have a nice day!" and "Peace and love!" tend not to get punctuated by pounding on the hood of a car.

            And, again, the driver was already surrounded by a crowd that tends to be hostile to people in luxury cars. It wasn't the Jeep(?) that the hood-pounder and the cameraman were already fixated on.

            PS: I'm done here.

          • Nesnora

            Ok great. So if you didn't know the specifics (I'm sure you can Google it and find a million legal websites), you can't claim self-defense with excessive force.

            Verbal threats, predictions, fears or paranoia never, ever justifies excessive force (in legal terms), even if you can prove you thought you were acting in self-defense.

            Self-defense also does not include protection of property by excessive force either.

            The only force protesters used against this driver (again, with a deadly weapon) was verbal threats (assuming), some hood pounding, and their mere bodily presence. No bricks, nothing. Not even after the incident.

            These are the legal parameters, and I'm damn happy they exist otherwise every road-rage encounter or gun-toting moron would be allowed to shoot-up groups of people that pissed him/her off.

          • Guppy

            "Verbal threats (…) never, ever justifies excessive force"

            "I'm going to drag your rich ass out of this car!"

            "Let's set this motherfucker on fire!"

            "Flip it over!"

          • finallyhappy

            I thought you were done?

          • Guppy

            If I had an ounce of self-control, I probably wouldn't spend so much time here to begin with.

          • GregComlish

            And by your own specious reasoning the crowd actually had the right to flip the car over out of self-defense. It's clear the car apparently intended to run them over and according the Guppy theory of self-defense this warrants lethal preventative measures.

          • Nesnora

            Tonight I'm going to use a rocket launcher on the guy who lets his dinosaur/dog poop on our street, for America.

          • GregComlish

            The pedestrian was looking for a confrontation of some sort, in spite of the driver trying to avoid it

            The car wasn't avoiding any confrontation. He instigated the confrontation by driving into a crowd.

          • Guppy

            He drove into a gap in the crowd.

            When you try to find a parking spot while Christmas shopping, do you wait until there are absolutely no pedestrians within eyesight before moving your car, or do you move slowly through gaps in the foot traffic?

        • HogeyeGrex

          ALL of that is meaningless as the douchebag in question could have done what all the other drivers did, wait. First and foremost, he drove into a crowd. He was not "already in the middle of a crowd." He fucking drove there. Then he wondered why anyone might be a little pissed off at him. When someone goes all Ratso Rizzo on his ass, he floors it, running him over. Then, for good measure, he backs back into the crowd hitting yet another person, this one doing absolutely nothing.

          You're trying to defend this sort of behavior?

          Seriously?

          Also, protestors have learned to keep the fucking cameras rolling, thank you very much. Time and time again it has proven out to be a good idea. Totally unsurprising that one of the probably hundreds of cameras there was pointed in this direction at the time.

          • Guppy

            "could have done what all the other drivers did, wait."

            The SUV didn't wait either. The car that's just to the left of the camera didn't move, but he already had someone standing still (i.e. the guy closest to the camera) in front of his headlights.

            "He was not "already in the middle of a crowd." He fucking drove there"

            We can't see what was going on behind the Mercedes until it was already in the intersection. However, there was a clear gap in the crowd that both vehicles tried to take advantage of. And once the Mercedes was stopped in the intersection, it was clearly impossible to back up without hitting a dozen people.

            Until someone literally jumped off of the curb in front of him, the only real obstacle to either vehicle was the large guy in the black shorts. The Mercedes steered to pass behind him, while the SUV stopped. This guy didn't seem to feel threatened by either vehicle (he'd likely have flinched if one of them honked at him).

            "protestors have learned to keep the fucking cameras rolling, "

            The camera was focused squarely on one particular vehicle out of (at least) three, and before any of the vehicles entered the intersection.

            Why?

          • HogeyeGrex

            The SUV didn't wait either.

            Yes, it did. It rolled a little into the intersection, then stopped when pedestrians were going to cross in front of it. It certainly didn't mow anyone over, ergo, it waited.

            Until someone literally jumped off of the curb in front of him,

            Umm. Bullshit. The two folks in front of the Merc were already well on their way across by the time they met the Merc. Nobody "jumped off the curb" literally or otherwise.

            the only real obstacle to either vehicle was the large guy in the black shorts.

            The guy who was already about done crossing? Non entity in the event. He was merely the closest moving pedestrian to the camera. There were plenty of other people in the intersection.

            The Mercedes steered to pass behind him,

            No. The Merc was in another lane and did not steer at all. Its wheels remain straight.

            What the Merc did was roll right up to two people crossing the street and, when dude crossing tells him "whoa there big fella" he rolls forward into him. Twice. This pisses dude off, whereupon dude thumps on the hood.

            What part of any of this gives the driver of the Merc the right to do what he did next, which was floor it and run the dude over? Where is the justification for the use of deadly force? There isn't any. Your apologia for this is stunning in its wrongheadedness.

            The camera was focused squarely on one particular vehicle out of (at least) three, and before any of the vehicles entered the intersection.

            Why?

            What video are you even looking at? The only thing the camera is "focused squarely on" beforehand is the guy standing in the center of the frame, possibly a friend of the camera holder's, who knows? What are you even trying to say here, anyway? That there was some pre-arranged conspiracy between the cameraperson and the guy who got run over to make the Merc driver look bad? Really? WTF? "Hey George! Film me while I get this car to run my ass into the pavement!" What fucking drugs are you on?

            And again, none of it, not a single thing, even if pedestri-dude was being a dick, gives the Merc driver the slightest grounds for trying to kill people. Period.

    • http://wonkette.com/ Monsieur_Grumpe

      I respectfully disagree. An abrupt start like that in a crowded situation like that is just plain stupid. I don’t know the mental state of the driver at the time whether he/she was confused, scared or just plain angry it doesn’t matter. He/she is someone who should not have a license.

      • HogeyeGrex

        Damned well should have been breathalysed, in my book.

    • MissTaken

      Here in California pedestrians always have the right of way, regardless of red or green lights, lack of crosswalks, taunting drivers, etc.

      • HogeyeGrex

        Yes and no. According to the Vehicle Code, pedestrians do have certain responsibilities, and there are circumstances where it is reasonable to assume vehicular right of way. These are generally restricted to the absolutes of Newtonian physics. If you jump out from between parked cars into the path of a swiftly moving truck, you can fairly expect to become grillburger, and the law will not punish the driver.

        Other than that, yeah, even if the pedestrian is breaking the law, it is verboten to run them over. Period.

    • LiveToServeYa

      Thanks at least for breaking the Wonkette groupthink. No matter what you post, I promise not to run over you :) , yea, I will even fist you for your balls. We need more balls-fisting around here. Or something.

    • Negropolis

      Sorry, you're right. You are fucking ridiculous. Yeah, it's a conspiracy. If I can roll my eyes any further…

      There are battles to be picked, but this one isn't even close. Not. Even. Close.

    • http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39308_Breitbarts_Fans_Spew_Racism_Call_for_President_Obama_t glamourdammerung

      You should probably post your address, so that if you ever taunt anyone here we can run you over.

  • proudgrampa

    Oh, for fuck's sake. Those Oakland cops are worthless as tits on a bull.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Faux Newz equates hippie terrorist #OWS as speed bumps in 3, 2, 1.

  • Not_So_Much

    Today, we are all Granny Tuba Players.

  • Nostrildamus

    I look forward the driver's inevitable sympathetic interview on Hannity.

    "So how's your car holding up after all it's been through?"

  • SorosBot

    Well of course the Oakland cops weren't going to arrest that driver, he was very clearly white.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Okay, is it time for Madame Guillotine to make her entrance yet???

  • poncho_pilot

    "out of the way, peck!" what a tough guy, hitting people with his car. so when does he get his own radio show?

    anyway, man versus machine? somewhere Paul Bunyan is smirking.

    • prommie

      John Henry, too.

  • dennis1943

    "To serve and protect"………………?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      … your paint job.

    • HogeyeGrex

      …money.

  • rickmaci

    The two peds are sure to find a lawyer who will Occupy his Bank Account.

  • OldRedneck

    OWS protestors need to start carrying these with them . . . http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotgu

    Amazing what these do to stop traffic.

    • HogeyeGrex

      Worked for the Teatards

  • James Michael Curley

    Even the freakin' Chinese didn't drive over the guy with their tank.

    • TopLib

      The Chinese guy was smart enough not to pound on the hood of the tank.

  • National_Turkey

    The car that struck the protesters was a silver Mercedes Benz, with a custom Californian license plate "AJHJR"

  • flamingpdog

    A Mercedes plowed through a bunch of people? I wonder how many people have plowed through a Mercede.

  • commiegirl

    When we were protesting Gulf War I in the mean streets of Thousand Oaks, California, some asshole drove up ON THE SIDEWALK into the protesters, after he'd already been stopped next to us at the light.

    A girl was paralyzed.

    They didn't arrest him either, because he'd said he was "scared."

    • tessiee

      "They didn't arrest him either, because he'd said he was "scared." "

      When I was a college freshman, I rented a room in a house off-campus. Two of my buds came to visit, but they got the address slightly wrong, and stopped at the house next door. Oh, yeah, did I mention that one of the two buds was a black guy? My landlady later chastised me because, "Mrs. Waspwell [the neighbor] was terrified."
      Me [trying not to smirk]: Really? "Terrified"? Why was she terrified?
      Landlady: …
      Me: I thought Tony and Kevin just asked where to find 48 Glenview Road.
      Landlady: …
      etc.

      Apparently, the members of the owning class are easier to scare than a baby duckling.

  • barto

    in fairness to the driver, the protester should not have done that. In fainess to the protestor, the driver should have been arrested and charged without question. Fairness 0, money 2.

  • BlueStateLibel

    But here's something priceless: one account states that he tried to switch seats with his female passenger before the cop approached him. It's been tried before by an NJ pol, I don't doubt he tried it.

  • Canmon

    Cars are people, too!

  • valgal2342

    Well I hope someone got a license number.

  • http://www.twoeightnine.com twoeightnine

    The last Jackass to mow his fancy German car into something at least had the courtesy to kill himself.

    (Thankfully I don't believe in hell.)

  • HogeyeGrex

    Bob Novak came back from the dead?

  • lochnessmonster

    Hope they got the tag number…I see lawsuit coming!

  • voodooeconomics

    I hate when the 1% mows down gatherings of 99%. Why the rich does that to po' folks all the time.

  • http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39308_Breitbarts_Fans_Spew_Racism_Call_for_President_Obama_t glamourdammerung

    Needz moar "Second Amendment Solutions".

  • iburl

    To protect and to serve… people who can afford nice cars, the rest of you are trash.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mrblifil mrblifil

    Wonder who the police would have taken in had someone hauled off and popped that motherfucker in the eye? Wonder what his life's gonna be like once he's an internet meme like the douchebag who threw dollar bills in the face of a disabled senior.

  • tessiee

    "the cops did not arrest this sociopath"

    There's a Simpsons episode where Marge calls the cops to report an attacker, and they tell her they're powerless. So she retaliates, and they arrest her.
    Marge: I thought you said you were powerless!
    Officer Wiggum: I said we were powerless to HELP you.

  • ttommyunger

    If it's Automobile against Pedestrian; let's just say it's hard to find a bet on the Pedestrian. Best to let him drive on; maybe help guide him safely with a key along the side of the body as he goes.

    • 102415

      That is why God gave us keys and I never cross a street in NYC without one.

      • ttommyunger

        Being familiar with the Big Apple, I can suggest a Bible might come in handy also during that endeavor.

        • 102415

          Oh, that depends on how many other people are in the cross walk.The bible will only work if you can get under the hood which is unlikely but not unheard of on 34th St.

          • ttommyunger

            “Cross Walk”? COWARD! ;)

          • 102415

            No no no, I am a perfect lady when jaywalking.

          • ttommyunger

            I'll refrain from asking about your conduct on all other occasions.

  • Negropolis

    For as dick of a move as it is to stop a car and then proceed to bang on its hood, nothing justifies attempting to run over the offender. This wasn't some little bump, as if that be acceptable, either. This was trying to run over the guy, and on top of that knowing that you're in a crowd and could hurt random bystanders.

  • misanthrope

    This sounds like something Suzanne Sugarbaker would do.

  • TopLib

    Nice work by the guy in the Mercedes. I'll bet that dummy never pounds on the hood of a car ever again.

    • Negropolis

      Fuck off, troll.

      • TopLib

        Naw, you fuck off jackwagon. Think the dummy learned his lesson?

        • di_da_is_alpha

          Next time the driver should make sure to be behind the wheel of a '65 Chrysler Imperial. With these newer cars you just can't wipe off that kind of damage with a damp sponge.

  • di_da_is_alpha

    From now on the occupiers should be arranged in a 10 nit-wit, triangular formation. Note to drivers: Those seven-ten splits can be a bitch to pick up.