Atascadero woman attacks Obama protesters

July 9, 2014
Rosemary Bem

Rosemarie Bem

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

Claiming she was defending President Barack Obama from an unwarranted attack, an Atascadero woman pepper sprayed a group of peaceful protestors on Monday afternoon. Atascadero police then charged the woman with two counts of battery.

During the late afternoon, a group of five protesters were holding a demonstration at the Highway 101 overpass on Curbaril Avenue. The demonstrators were holding a sign calling for the impeachment of Obama.

At about 5 p.m., Rosemarie Bem, 67, pulled up beside the protesters in her car, doused demonstrators with pepper spray and then fled the scene, witnesses said. Even though police charged Bem with battery, she defends her actions.

“I’m a veteran, and I was protecting the president from what I perceived as an unwarranted attack,” Bem said when contacted by CalCoastNews. She did not offer any further explanation.

Atascadero Police Sergeant Jason Carr said the demonstrators did nothing to provoke the attack.

“The police report indicates that it was a peaceful protest,” Carr said. “They were merely holding signs on the freeway overpass. There were no words that were exchanged.”

Bem’s pepper spray hit two of the demonstrators, causing them burning and redness, police said. At the scene, paramedics washed chemicals off the victims’ skin.

Fred Starbuck, who was sprayed in the face and eyes, said the pepper spray also hit a third member of the group.

“She got me dead center,” Starbuck said. “I find it sad that someone would feel it’s okay to attack individuals because they disagree with your point of view.”

Shortly after the incident, officers located Bem. She then admitted to pepper spraying the protesters, Carr said.

Officers cited Bem for battery and battery with a chemical agent, and then released her.


230 Comments

  1. pokey5735 says:

    “I’m a veteran, and I was protecting the president from what I perceived as an unwarranted attack,” ???
    And yet she would attack a group of people exercising their Constitution Rights?

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  2. SandyK says:

    So, conservatives would be okay with an “Impeach Jesus” sign up over 101 too?

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    • Willow says:

      What’s up with that statement?

      Are you equating lying, murdering, manchurian candidate Obama with Jesus?

      Please.

      And no, this has nothing to do with racism.

      Get over his color and LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENED UNDER HIS ADMINISTRATION – and NO, NOT EVERYTHING OBAMA DOES IS BUSH’S FAULT. Grow up and let him grow up and stand on his own like a ‘man’.

      Or to put it another way – what is Obama responsible for? Do you think he’s responsible for anything or not? How long are Obama groupies going to emasculate him, keep him responsible for nothing – not even the blatant murder of innocent people in other countries – under HIS watch!!

      Yeah, so-called ‘liberals’ were protesting Bush’s wars – but have been absolutely SILENT about Obama’s wars.

      Hypocrites!!

      Can’t you see that Obama is just another in a long line of ever increasing dictators, put in place to continue the policies to destroy this nation that began as soon as this nation was born?

      Your ‘education system’ doesn’t teach you any of that – and that’s something to look into as well – where did our current system of indoctrination/brainwashing/ignorance come from? Germany. They created the basic format to create not free thinkers, but ‘obedient workers’, ignorant of most everything else but the work they were programmed to perform for ‘the state’. Look it up.

      And then let me know how intelligent and free you really are.

      Equating Obama with Jesus tells me MUCH about your level of intelligence and knowledge of what’s really been goin’ on with the rape & destruction of this country that started LONG BEFORE you, Obama, or Bush were born, and are ignorant enough to fall for the ‘divide and conquer’ mechanism that’s been the fall of many nations before.

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  3. SandyK says:

    I don’t agree with her actions, but I agree with her. Tea Baggers are among the most low life citizens we have. FOX NOISE devotees….uninformed, angry, racists….all of ‘em! I think their signs over the highway are a risk to motorists….

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    • pokey5735 says:

      http://www.teaparty-platform.com/

      1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes
      2. Eliminate the National Debt
      3. Eliminate Deficit Spending
      4. Protect Free Markets
      5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States
      6. Promote Civic Responsibility
      7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government
      8. Believe in the People
      9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics
      10. Maintain Local Independence

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  4. rogerfreberg says:

    Okay, supporters of the alleged perp need to stop blaming the victims. These are mere distractions. You are like the rapist who claims “she was asking for it!”

    The real issue is the one law enforcement is addressing: an offensive illegal assault with pepper spray.

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  5. LAWMAN1 says:

    file a civil suit againt the crazy, claim she almost put your eye out…

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  6. Slowerfaster says:

    HA ! Check out the photo at the head of the ‘opinion’ article concerning this very incident, posted here on CCN.
    Clearly, ATTACHED flags to the fence … an obvious violation. And no, Gadsen flags are NOT official flags of the United States or California. So, they’re breaking the law right there.

    Free speech ? Humbug !
    Repeating what that blithering idiot Sarah Palin bloviates on facebook acquires its own certain measure of reknown.

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    • kayaknut says:

      Which law? which violation? Something tells me you won’t reply……

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      • Slowerfaster says:

        Among others; California Vehicle Code: Sections 21465, 21467, and 2410 .

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        • kayaknut says:

          Let’s start with CVC 2145…” No person shall place, maintain, or display upon, or in view of, any highway any unofficial sign, signal, device, or marking, or any sign, signal, device, or marking which purports to be or is an imitation of, or resembles, an official traffic control device or which attempts to direct the movement of traffic or which hides from view any official traffic control device.” Exactly what official control device are they displaying??? Unless a sign that says “Wake UP” is a control sign, yeah right….Strike One….

          Next 21467….”Every prohibited sign, signal, device, or light is a public nuisance, and the Department of Transportation, members of the California Highway Patrol, and local authorities are hereby authorized and empowered without notice to remove the same, or cause the same to be removed, or the Director of Transportation, the commissioner, or local authorities may bring an action as provided by law to abate such nuisance” I’d guess your going on the public nuisance part… but I think you’d have a hard time getting a jury to agree a sign saying “Secure the Border” is a nuisanace unless of course you live in Mexico…. Strike Two…..

          Lastly 2410….”Members of the California Highway Patrol are authorized to direct traffic according to law, and, in the event of a fire or other emergency, or to expedite traffic or insure safety, may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of this code”…. My first thought is HUH??? Nothing hear applies.. So Strike Threeeeee, You Are Outta Here……….

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          • Kevin Rice says:

            SF is an unhinged tin foil nut case that should be on the prohibited persons list for arms and pepper spray. Don’t waste your time with reason and logic.

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            • Slowerfaster says:

              If I were what you say, you wouldn’t say it so blithely …or have it committed to revue.

              Now, explain how the flagpoles are not ‘affixed’ to the fence on the overpass.
              I’m sure that you’ll use your versions of ‘reason and logic’.

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              • kayaknut says:

                So far you have provided no regulations that prevents a flagpole from being “affixed” so why would an explanation be needed. Your first three examples were all wrong, care to give it another shot?

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  7. Ben Daho says:

    Distracting drivers with bullshit is ridiculous. Ignoring war criminals like cheney and deserter bush makes you an embarrassment. Benghazi? Really? 10,000 dead on deserter bushes watch and you blame a president for Americans being attacked. How’s the Lebanon Bombing hearings going? Oh wait. You don’t care? Or you don’t know? why is is o.k. to bitch and whine about a president during war time now, but it wasn’t when deserter bush was destroying America?

    I do not agree with her attacking anyone with pepper spray but I understand why.

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    • topper01 says:

      Such vulgarity! My mother once told me that people that swear are doing so only because they are not learned enough to come up with the correct verbiage.

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  8. inmyopinion says:

    I would have tazered her right back. Bet that would have shown her a reality check real quick. This lady is a wak job and needs mental help immediately.

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