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Arrests, Fights Outside Democratic Lawmaker's Town Hall In St. Louis

There were some ugly scenes last night outside a town hall meeting in St. Louis held by Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo.

The Post-Dispatch reports that six people, including one of its photographers, were taken into custody:

Two people were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing a peace disturbance by way of interference — all misdemeanors, said St. Louis County Police spokesman Rick Eckhard.

Gateway Pundit has some raw video, which we can't post because of the obscenities being shouted. It shows an angry confrontation between some people wearing union t-shirts and others who were there to raise objections to the health care policies being proposed by President Barack Obama and other Democrats.

The Post-Dispatch says that:

Kenneth Gladney, 38, a conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with "Don't tread on me" printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was awaiting treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack.

Earlier, we posted video of the "mayhem" last night at a town hall meeting held in Tampa by Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Andrea Seabrook reported about the challenges Democratic lawmakers are facing at their town halls.