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This is Brent Stafford from Missouri - Updated #3

This is Brent Stafford. I wanted to let everyone know I am out of jail and am just now starting to read some of the posts about what happened today.

I am actually in my car right now, so I will post more complete details when I get to someplace where I can take more time.

First of all, thank you to everyone who was concerned and calling the police station. Apparently they were getting flooded with calls.

I was trying to reconvene the meeting in the gymnasium, according to the rules, and was told I have the leave the gym along with everyone else or I would be trespassing. I went outside and tried to let everyone know we were going to try to reconvene. Some people we trying to go to a nearby park to do so, but the rules are clear the the caucus may only be held in the location printed in the Call to Caucus printed in a newspaper 15 days prior. The ONLY place we could reconvene was at the high school.

I stood on a chair to address the crowd to let them know we were going to reconvene and what we needed to do. At that point I was approached by told I was under arrest.

More to come...

--------------- Update

Okay, I have a minute, and a beer! Here is the saga.

There are three main culprits to today's fiasco. Eugene Dokes - St. Charles County Republican Committee Chairman, Bryan Spencer - Chairman of the Caucus Committee for the St. Charles County GOP (he organized the caucus), and Matt Ehlen - The guy they installed as Chairman and who ended the meeting before conducting any business.

I approached Bryan Spencer several times, prior to the commencement of the caucus, to point out where things that were being planned violated the rules. He said, "We are going to do it this way, challenge it if you want." He is the one that was trying to rig the process to select delegates proportionally based on who was in attendance. They conducted a straw poll as people were checked in, in violation of State GOP rules.

The meeting was supposed to begin at 10:00am. There were so many people still in line that by the time the meeting was ready to start it was just after 11:00am.

Eugene Dokes started the meeting by immediately declaring there would be no video or audio recording allowed, and that if anyone refused to stop, they would be removed by police. The entire room of what has been reported as over 2,500 people began booing and demanding that recording be allowed. It was not just Ron Paul people.

Eugene Dokes then refused to commence the meeting until everyone stopped recording. I made multiple attempts to make a point of order to address the situation, but he refused to acknowledge me. He then left the podium and called the police.

There were St. Peters Police, St. Charles Police, St. Charles County Sheriffs, and Missouri Highway Patrol that eventually came into the gymnasium and through threat of arrest made everyone turn off their cameras. Of course many did not.

Eugene Dokes then started to convene the meeting a second time.

Let me digress a moment. We had prepared very well ahead of time. I won't get into all of the details, but the Mitt Romney people agreed to support me for Chairman. This was an incredible vote of confidence in my ability to chair and to convene a fair process. I had also hire the President of the Missouri Association of Parliamentarians who I intended to appoint for that role. I never got that chance.

Eugene Dokes appointed the Creditials Committee, Rules Committee, and Parliamentarian. These are all appointments made by the elected Chairman, not the temporary Chair which is what Eugene Dokes was acting as. The body loudly booed and started making all kinds of points of order and other declarations of disgust at the blatant disregard for the proper process.

He then opened the floor for nominations. I immediately started nominating myself multiple times. He recognized a woman, who was obviously preselected, who nominated Matt Ehlen. At that point about 2,000 people started chanting my name to be appointed. Eugene Dokes ignored that and called a hasty voice vote and declared the one nominee, Matt Ehlen, as the Chair.

Hundreds of people started calling for Division of the vote. Eugene Dokes ignored them all.

Matt Ehlen took the podium and tried to regain order. After anout 20 seconds he declared that St. Charles County would not send any delegates to the CD and State Conventions. He quickly found motions to adjourn and closed the meeting.

At that point I went to grab the parliamentarian I had hired. She had not been allowed inside, because of an arbitrary rule Bryan Spencer made up, but I had checked in with her by sticking my head through the door of and on earlier. I told her to come with me and I headed to the podium. I asked her how to reconvene and since no business had been conducted according to the Call to Convention, we had every right to reconvene.

I took the microphone and announced that people should not leave and that we would reconvene the meeting. Eugene Dokes came up and unplugged the microphone. At that point the police began ordering people out of the gymnasium.

At that point I went outside to try to reconvene the caucus, according to the rules. A number of people were going to go to another location to reconvene. I had to stop those that had not left and explained that we were required to convene at the location published 15 days prior in the newspaper or it would be invalid.

I then found where the biggest crowd had gathered and began to address the crowd. Everyone got quiet to hear me. There were 300-400 people there. I explained very quickly that we needed to begin collecting a roster, as required, and what that meant. I was immediately approached by 4 or 5 police of unknown jurisdictions who made me step down from the chair and put me into handcuffs.

When I asked what I was being arrested for, or if I was being arrested, I was told they would tell me later. Eventually I was booked for trespassing and released.

The actions of Eugene Doke, Bryan Spencer, and Matt Ehlen were the direct cause of the event getting out of control. They have tried to shift the blame, but it is all on them. If they had conducted the meeting according to Robert's Rules and the proper order of the agenda, none of this would have happened.

---------------- Update #2

I forgot to mention, I am on the St. Charles GOP Central Committee, the one Eugene Dokes is Chairman of, as well as being Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of three different GOP Legislative Committees.

I need to remember to tell the media that. It was so crazy today I just wanted to tell what happened and forgot to mention it.

------------- Update #3

I have been doing interviews pretty much non-stop since this all happened. I have more set up for tomorrow. I even had a reporter come to my front door.

I have not had time to keep up with where they all appear, hopefully I can compile a list tomorrow.

I was really impressed with this one reporter. I will have to go look up his name later and put in here. Anyway, this guy really knew his stuff when it came to caucuses. There were times he would stop to describe for his listeners some complex issue, that I would have been happy to do myself, and the guy would nail it.

There are starting to be some developments concerning the aftermath and path forward. Its all in early stages so I won't get into it until things are more definite.

I have heard that Eugene Dokes is telling people Ron Paul supporters are threatening his family. My advice to Eugene is since I know he knows how to call police, call them on anyone making real threats. My advice to all of you is do not make physical threats. I would also leave his family out of it.



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Great job! Now we need to

Great job! Now we need to collect some videos and send them far and wide. MSM will not report seriously on this.

Were you ever told to leave the property?

In MN you can only be arrested for trespassing if you were asked to leave the property by the property owner or by someone who the owner had given authority to decide who is allowed on the property.. its something to look into.
Since this is a public school I'm not sure who would be considered the owner or had the authority to ask people to leave.

By ALL means...

Contact the local media to speak with a reporter.
Any and ALL video by anyone should be made available.
This story must not die...and do not let the media spin it as we all know they will. That it was all the fault of 'Ron Paul' people. The election fraud took place because of everyone BUT the 'Ron Paul' people. Make that point KNOWN.

RAND PAUL or NOT AT ALL

Something else he failed to mention

I hope he does not mind, but there is something else this amazing man failed to mention. He lost his leg to bone cancer when he was 12 years old.

The reason he had his hand on the man's shoulder in the arrest video is because he climbed up on that chair with an artificial leg to try to do the right thing.

Brent, I hope you do not mind that I mentioned this.

Awe inspiring, that is all I can say. Awe inspiring.

When a man with one leg literally stands up for the rights of so many, all I can say is awe inspiring.

osteosarcoma is linked to water fluoridation

I am even more amazed at Brent Stafford's courage in light of this detail. I do want to point out that osteosarcoma in boys is linked to exposure to fluoride:

"...a recent national case control study conducted by scientists at Harvard University found a significant relationship between fluoride exposure and osteosarcoma among boys, particularly if exposed to fluoridated water between the ages of 6 and 8 (the mid-childhood growth spurt). ..."

http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/cancer/osteosarcoma.aspx

additional info:
http://www.naturalnews.com/001807_fluoride_fluoridation.html
http://lewrockwell.com/mercola/mercola180.html
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/0...

How to recover from fluoride exposure:
http://www.naturalnews.com/024566.html
http://theiodineproject.webs.com/

I appreciate your comments

I appreciate your comments.

I've known about certain problems with fluoridation for a long time, but had not done much research into it. A couple of years ago I decided to approach my city about removing fluoride. In my research I found out about the link to osteosarcoma in boys, especially in the knee area which is where mine was.

Can I prove that was the cause, no. But I did get the city to stop fluoridating and when I made a speech before the City Council to thank them, I did mention my history and the possible link.

That is one of the things I am most satisfied with in my time being active in municipal government. Maybe even more than my involvement in drafting our City Charter or initiating the building of an all inclusive playground, because I know I have had a positive impact on the health of 80,000 O'Fallon residents, including my own son. Our school drinking fountains are now one less source of fluoride.

wow

You are truly an inspiration to us all, Brent. You just gave this liberty movement a powerful kick in the ass - showing once again that the GOP's dirty sleazy conduct is causing heavy blowback in their faces. They have almost run out of cards to play... turn up the heat, people !!!!!!!!

that is important info

Thanks for update #2. You being on the St. Charles GOP Central Committee is important info that needs to get to the media/people.

We can't let them arrest just one!!!!

Because only 2 people got arrested the media will mostly be able to ignore this story. When this happens again everyone needs to be prepared to link arms and be arrested together. The more peaceful protestors the police arrest the harder this story will be to contain.

how can we still get the delegates?

They must held the caucus again? In essence they achieved their goal :(

Thousands of emails, phone calls, letters...

http://www.stcharlesgop.com/

Contact Us (636) 949-5555

Chair: Eugene Dokes
chairman@stcharlesgop.com
606 Davidson Ct.
St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 387-0097

Vice-Chair: Penny Henke
vicechairman@stcharlesgop.com
41 Oak Forest Drive
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 447-2346

Secretary: Barbara Grimm
3646 Eagles Hill Ridge
St. Charles, MO 63303-1901
(636) 922-2921

Treasurer: Michael Sommer
6 Williamsburg Court
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 946-1234

Missouri elected officials: http://www.stcharlesgop.com/electedofficials.php

I would add the owner of the domain as well.

Cynthia Davis
1008 Highway K
O'Fallon, Missouri 63366
United States
Phone: +1.6362406369
Fax..:
Email: gopchief@gmail.com

She is the state rep for the area as well. Hmm. Imagine that.

http://www.cynthiadavis.net/about.html

Here is more info about upcoming funfests.

Congressional District 1
Time: April 21, 2012; 10:00 AM
Location: St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
Congressional District 2
Time: April 21, 2012; 10:00 AM
Location: Lindbergh High School Cafeteria, 4900 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63126
Congressional District 3
Time: April 21, 2012; 1:00 PM
Location: Hermann High School, 170 Blue Pride Dr, Hermann, MO 65041
Congressional District 4
Time: April 21, 2012; 10:00 AM
Location: Best Western, 3120 South Limit Avenue, Sedalia, MO 65301
Congressional District 5
Time: April 21, 2012; 10:00 AM
Location: Truman High School Auditorium, 3301 South Noland Road, Independence, MO 64055
Congressional District 6
Time: April 21, 2012; 10:00 AM
Location: Chillicothe High School Auditorium, 2801 Hornet Road, Chillicothe, MO 64601
Congressional District 7
Time: April 21, 2012; 10:00 AM
Location: National Guard Armory, 600 S Pine, Pierce City, MO 64801
Congressional District 8
Time: April 21, 2012; 10:00 AM
Location: Gamma Labs Conference Center, 1717 Maud Street Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

State Convention
Date: June 1-2, 2012
Location: University Plaza Hotel, 333 South John Q Hammons Parkway, Springfield, MO 65806

Also if you notice, Rick Santorum's campaign office is based there.

Rick Santorum for President
2534 Hwy K
O'Fallon, MO 63368
For more information call: Mary Johnson at 314-606-9879

Contact Us (636) 949-5555

Power

People do not like to have their power taken away.

I Sent to Ben Swann! please do too

the truth needs to be stated on some public news channel to counter the incoming mass media spin.

http://www.facebook.com/BenSwannRealityCheck
and please support Ben wherever you can cause he needs that to have the freedom to report reality!

Thank you

So proud of you for standing up to the unbending ways.

First: Thank you,

First: Thank you, Brent.

Second: Civil and Criminal charges should be pursued for all involved--Cops and party "leaders". IMO, this is both a principle case of election fraud and voter intimidation.

Fraud, in that the party agrees to follow the rules in order to secure party representation for the electorate.

Intimidation, in that while knowingly violating the contracted process, the threaten the use of force and false arrest of those who lawfully, and by contracted rules of procedure, object to the violations in effort to restore order, law, and fulfillment of agreement.

Third: This is MORE serious than the videoed Black Panther intimidation. This is more serious than stolen electronic votes. This blatant violation is an attack on the heart of the nation. The party system ain't much, but it is what we've got.

The party is not the Elks Club. It is our means of access to our OWN power which we loan the governments. Violating it's rules is, quite literally, theft all the tax revenues paid, and all power possessed by the public, which includes military and police powers.

Sue, THEN Prosecute. This is NOT a small thing. It CANNOT be allowed to EVER happen again in party history. A few years in prison for the perpetrators is a VERY small price to pay for the soundness of the process.
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Warning to all:
The GOP will be supporting primary election referendums after this year. They will use these incidents as examples of why caucuses should be replaced. Reject the arguments. This is exactly why caucuses should be the process, everywhere--That is, Until we have reliable media and education.

We may be dumb as sheep, but we herd like cats, and are more clever than monkeys. What sane person would think us cattle?

Amen to that Slim

Sue, and then prosecute!
This MUST be done else it will continue and the criminals will have won this one!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Run against him in the republican state rep primary

You should run against Eugene Dokes in your state rep primary. Would be nice to have another supporter of liberty in the house and we can ensure this fascist doesn't head to the state capitol. You have all the publicity needed in the area to ensure victory.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Missouri_House_of_Repr...

File deadline March 26th, primary August 7th.

YES, DO THIS

Invoke the power of the national Paul base.

I'm nowhere near Missouri and I'd throw some cash into your campaign to see this fool lose.

I certainly hope you will sue

I certainly hope you will sue everyone involved for false arrest among other things.

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

What is the proper

process for hiring securtiy? We know that the chair cannot arbitraily send the police to remove people without the body approval but in many cases the police don't know this. They just look to the "man in charge" or who called them and follow orders.

What process did the Ron Paul ?coordinator in Colorady use to hire off-duty Denver police for security? It seems to me that if we did this and informed our officers about the importance of Roberts Rules that when the Chair sent his police to remove some of us, they would be more likely to listen to our hired security(off-duty local police, their own peers) about how the convention is supposed to proceed and what the rules are in situations like this. Of course, this assumes that elements within the police are not in on it in the first place.

Seeing as they arbitrarily wouldn't let in your own parliamentarian, I wonder how you would even get in your own security.

Just brainstorming...

Maybe it's possible...

to talk to the sergeant at arms(&/or the local police) in the beginning about proper proceedure and the limits of the Chair's power before the meeting starts. He may have second thoughts about removing people during the convention. Again, assuming they are somewhat honest.

Generally speaking, police hate politicians because they see

...their hypocrisy. Police don't want to get in the middle of political disputes. They don't give a hoot about monitoring Roberts rules. If there's a complaint and a large crowd making noise or getting angry, then their path of least resistance is to disburse the crowd and arrest the leader of the "agitators". They don't care who's right or wrong. They are perfectly content with allowing a judge to decide that later.

Filming the entire meeting and any police action is, in my opinion, the best way to hold people accountable and to minimize the fraud and trampling of our rights.

Ignore the media's lies and propaganda.

Ok. Thanks for the response.

I wasn't sure if giving a little general information to them about who is supposed to run the convention would help or not.

INSPRIATION

The more I see of this, the more inspired I get. Keep it up!

Hey Brent...

you made the home page of ABCNEWS! http://abcnews.go.com/

Worse than the media blackout

I am totally not a violent person - never gotten into a fight in my life - but this makes me want to kick these bitches down a well THIS-IS-SPARTA-like.

I mean, what the hell?!?

It's not about Ron Paul. It's the blatant, smarmy disregard of the rules. In one of the videos the guy says, "I can wait," sits down, and crosses his legs like a 2nd grade teacher.

If its true that all things happen in an infinite number of branching universes, it makes me glad that somewhere, somehow a clone of George Washington kicked down the door and made that fucker take an arrow to the knee.

The Cops were in on it

from the beginning! They're shameless, unscrupulous slime. The whole system there is corrupt.

And still the complicit MSM paints a false narrative of events detrimental to our cause.

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself." - Thomas Jefferson