OUR FLOURISHING JUSTICE SYSTEM  1:16 pm November 3, 2011

Jackass In Fancy Car Mows Into Oakland Protesters (VIDEO)

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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.

JustPixelz November 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

A prick in Mercede Johnston is not news.

memzilla November 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

She drives a 2011 Mercedes Benz Ober.

Fare la Volpe November 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

As her Levi hugs her ass…

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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

Lascauxcaveman November 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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

Dashboard_Jesus November 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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

memzilla November 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

OWS needz moar drones.

nounverb911 November 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Needs more sugar in the gas tank.

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Needs more rice in the radiator…

tessiee November 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Needs more Reginald Denny.

102415 November 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Needs a sharp umbrella to the paint job.

emmelemm November 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Banana in the tailpipe?

Negropolis November 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Needs moar overnight bologna left on the hood.

Dashboard_Jesus November 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Needs more ice picks in the tires.

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Needs more Drano on the hood in the rain…

Fare la Volpe November 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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

deelzebub November 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Needs less douchebag in the driver's seat.

meatlofer November 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

A Mercedes? It.' s a fucking Nazi!

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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

Biel_ze_Bubba November 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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.)

Chet Kincaid November 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

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

berkeleyfarm November 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Yep, a real catch there!

Negropolis November 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm

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

GFPcat November 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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

ifthethunderdontgetya November 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm
HedonismBot November 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Same with grannies…

Fare la Volpe November 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

They do more than sound like 'em…

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Depends…

Limeylizzie November 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Then you'll love me.

Guppy November 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Are you a grandmotherly music teacher?

Fare la Volpe November 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

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

Limeylizzie November 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

No, just a farter of some note.

HogeyeGrex November 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Gb? C#?

flamingpdog November 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

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

Biel_ze_Bubba November 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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

Golfing_OJ November 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

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

Mumbletypeg November 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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

Wonder where bitchin'camaro's been anyway?

102415 November 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I miss him too.

poncho_pilot November 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Tony Orlando and Dawn.

mrpuma2u November 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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

Barb November 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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

comrad_darkness November 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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

Barb November 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Awww, thanks!

Studebaker Hawk November 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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

Lucidamente1 November 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm

And things turned out swell for that guy.

nounverb911 November 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Needs more bananas in the tail pipe.

HarryButtle November 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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

comrad_darkness November 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Didn't mythbusters bust this myth?

emmelemm November 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

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

Come here a minute November 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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

RadioOcupados November 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

This from Föx News: The car was overwhelmingly white.

veritass November 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

The visible car of the market at work.

prommie November 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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

LesBontemps November 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

But is the car okay?????

SexySmurf November 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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

fletc3her November 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Occupy his house.

mrpuma2u November 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

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

YouBetcha November 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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

DetectiveGrey November 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

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

Eat The 1% November 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

You know who else drove Mercedes haughtily thru crowds?

YouBetcha November 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Jesus?

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

That was a Brontocedes.

nounverb911 November 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Lindsey Lohan?

SexySmurf November 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

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

RadioOcupados November 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

And wore her seat belt, obvsly.

ifthethunderdontgetya November 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Gandhi!

kidding.

HITLER!
~

Beowoof November 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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

Lascauxcaveman November 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Karl Benz? No, I meant Bertha Benz.

Looked damn good doing it, too.

SheriffRoscoe November 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Bob Novak?

CarnyTrash November 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

The Pope?

ShaveTheWhales November 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Levis?

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Dr. Ferdinand Porsche?

GOPCrusher November 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Barney Oldfield?

Generation[redacted] November 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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

not that Dewey November 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Sherman McCoy.

Ramon X November 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Grandpa McCoy.

Generation[redacted] November 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

The Real McCoys!

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Colt McCoy.

HarryButtle November 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

David Carradine?

MissTaken November 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Not Janis Joplin

CapnFatback November 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Mr. Ruehl?

flamingpdog November 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Kate Beckinsdale?

Oh, my bad, I thought you said hottiely

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Zee Germans?

Callyson November 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

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

widestanceshakedown November 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

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

8 on the obscurometer.

ifthethunderdontgetya November 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm
GOPCrusher November 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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

HarryButtle November 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

That's okay, I upfisted you anyway.

OccupytheDashboard November 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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

OccupytheDashboard November 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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

JustPixelz November 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

$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 November 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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

Biel_ze_Bubba November 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

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.

tessiee November 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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

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

SorosBot November 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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

SheriffRoscoe November 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Needs more …. this.

comrad_darkness November 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

This is why God invented torts.

DahBoner November 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm

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

berkeleyfarm November 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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

Barb November 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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

SayItWithWookies November 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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

owhatever November 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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

Occupy V572 November 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

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

SheriffRoscoe November 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

"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!"

weejee November 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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?

Sharkey November 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

To get to the other side?

Poindexter718 November 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I bet it was driven by Sherman McCoy!

Blueb4sunrise November 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

dern you.

GOPCrusher November 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Laura Bush got her license back.

JackDempsey1 November 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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

Antispandex November 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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

Blueb4sunrise November 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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

DerrickWildcat November 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Probably Tracy Chapman.

PhilippePetain November 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

"Hooray for tiered tired justice systems!"

#fixed

chicken_thief November 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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

El Pinche November 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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

finallyhappy November 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm

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

WordSaladNation November 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

It's a good thing I drive an Audi.

EatsBabyDingos November 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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

GorzoTheMighty November 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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

aklibtard November 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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.

imissopus November 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

You fucking hippies scratched my Mercedes!

imissopus November 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

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

IncenseDebate November 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Probably blasting Kraftwerk or Wagner on the stereo.

TitsOccupado November 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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

Dok-cupy Everything November 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm

But more truly deserving of Warm Leatherette.

poncho_pilot November 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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

poncho_pilot November 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Farhn, fahrn, fahrn auf der Autobahn.

GregComlish November 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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?

natoslug November 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Blocking my ability to leave is kidnapping.

GregComlish November 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

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

Negropolis November 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm

LOL!

Guppy November 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

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.

HogeyeGrex November 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

"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?

Monsieur_Grumpe November 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Damned well should have been breathalysed, in my book.

MissTaken November 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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

HogeyeGrex November 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm

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.

glamourdammerung November 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm

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

proudgrampa November 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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

weejee November 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

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

Not_So_Much November 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Today, we are all Granny Tuba Players.

Nostrildamus November 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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

Toomush_Infer November 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

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

poncho_pilot November 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm

"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 November 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

John Henry, too.

dennis1943 November 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

"To serve and protect"………………?

Biel_ze_Bubba November 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

… your paint job.

HogeyeGrex November 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

…money.

rickmaci November 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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

OldRedneck November 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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

Amazing what these do to stop traffic.

HogeyeGrex November 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Worked for the Teatards

James Michael Curley November 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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

TopLib November 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm

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

National_Turkey November 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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

Chichikovovich November 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

All Jackoffs have Jerkwad Rides?

Sharkey November 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm
flamingpdog November 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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

commiegirl November 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm

"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 November 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Cars are people, too!

valgal2342 November 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Well I hope someone got a license number.

twoeightnine November 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Bob Novak came back from the dead?

lochnessmonster November 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

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

voodooeconomics November 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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

glamourdammerung November 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Needz moar "Second Amendment Solutions".

iburl November 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

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

mrblifil November 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

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 November 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

"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 November 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

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 November 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

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

ttommyunger November 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

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

102415 November 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

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 November 5, 2011 at 11:33 am

“Cross Walk”? COWARD! ;)

Negropolis November 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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 November 4, 2011 at 2:04 am

This sounds like something Suzanne Sugarbaker would do.

TopLib November 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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

Negropolis November 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Fuck off, troll.

TopLib November 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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

di_da_is_alpha November 6, 2011 at 1:26 am

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 November 6, 2011 at 1:23 am

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.

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Colt Seavers

Lascauxcaveman November 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Colt .45

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Billy Dee Williams?

Biel_ze_Bubba November 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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.

Limeylizzie November 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

OK you win, we can all go home now.

Nesnora November 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Serena Williams

Mumbletypeg November 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Tennessee Williams?

Unfairman November 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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.

Guppy November 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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.

comrad_darkness November 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Williams the Conqueror?

Nesnora November 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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.

GregComlish November 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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.

HistoriCat November 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm

The Conqueror Worm?

DaRooster November 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Dean Wormer

BaldarTFlagass November 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

James Dean?

PhilippePetain November 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

James Dean Bradfield?

Guppy November 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

"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!"

Chet Kincaid November 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Thanks for clearing the air.

Limeylizzie November 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Thanks, it was a gas.

finallyhappy November 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I thought you were done?

GregComlish November 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

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.

Guppy November 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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

Nesnora November 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

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

Guppy November 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm

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?

RadioOcupados November 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

King James?

TJBeck November 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

B.B. King?

Lascauxcaveman November 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

BBC? (dig it, dig it.)

RadioOcupados November 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Don Beebe?

shiningmathpath November 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Don Cornelius?

Negropolis November 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Cornelius Vanderbilt?

shiningmathpath November 4, 2011 at 12:09 am

Pandora Vanderpump?

RadioOcupados November 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

Pandora Radio?

shiningmathpath November 4, 2011 at 12:54 am

Mandora The Evil Chaser?

HogeyeGrex November 4, 2011 at 4:08 am

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.

DaRooster November 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

Evil Knievel

shiningmathpath November 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Evil In-Car-Nut!

Eat The 1% November 5, 2011 at 12:40 am

Bo Weevil?

102415 November 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

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

102415 November 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

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

ttommyunger November 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm

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

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