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Protestors demand justice for man injured at health care forum


St. Louis – Protesters are demanding justice for a man who claims he was injured during a melee that erupted at Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan's health care forum last week.

Six people were arrested after the event Thursday in Mehlville, including a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter.

Kenneth Gladney of St. Louis claims members of the Service Employees International Union attacked him. However members of the union, which supports President Obama's health care plans, say the politically conservative Gladney initiated the fight.

On Saturday, Gladney and his backers went to the union offices. Gladney sat in a wheelchair, his knee bandaged, holding a flag that read: "Don't Tread on Me."

The union offices were not open, and the union did not send members to attend.
Gladney is accepting donations toward his medical expenses. Gladney told reporters he was laid off recently and has no health insurance.